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BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID deaths fall for sixth week

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Care home COVID-19 related deaths in England and Wales have fallen for the sixth consecutive week to a reach a new four-month low.

In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 50 COVID-related deaths in the week ending 10 December, down from 53 in the week earlier. COVID deaths in care homes are at their lowest since mid-August.

COVID-19 accounted for 2.1% of all care home deaths down from 2.2% in the previous week.

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There were 28 notifications to the CQC of deaths involving COVID-19 at care homes in England down from 48 in the previous week. This was the lowest recorded weekly number since the end of July.

The declining COVID deaths in care homes come against a backdrop of a surge in COVID cases in the community due to the Omicron variant.

New cases in the community have soared to their highest level this year at 76,065 in England on 20 December.

Deaths stood at 35 on 20 December against a seven-day average of 96.

The government yesterday held off from imposing further pandemic restrictions in the face of the rising number of infections.

Care home visits were restricted to three visitors plus an essential care giver under new COVID-19 guidance announced earlier this month.

 

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