BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID deaths fall for third week


The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales has fallen for the third consecutive week.

In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 66 COVID-related deaths in the week ending 19 November, down from 69 in the week earlier.

As well as the third consecutive weekly decline in deaths, numbers now stand at their lowest level since early September.

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COVID-19 accounted for 2.9% for all deaths in care homes in the week, up from 2.8% in the week earlier.

COVID-linked death notifications of deaths in care homes in England fell by a third to 44 in the week ending
26 November, down from 66 in the previous seven days.

Cases in the community in England fell to 33,590 on 30 November, down from 34,470 in the day earlier and against a seven-day average of 35,919.

There were 143 COVID-19 related deaths in England on 30 November, up on a seven-day average of 98.

The latest figures come after the government this week reintroduced mandatory mask wearing in shops and public transport and announced plans to expand its booster roll-out to all eligible adults by the end of January. The moves were made in response to the arrival in the UK of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

A total of 22 cases of Omicron have been so far confirmed in the UK – 13 in England and nine in Scotland.


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