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BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID deaths fall in first week of August

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Care home COVID-19 deaths fell slightly in the first week of August in the latest figures reported by the ONS.

In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 32 COVID-19 linked deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 6 August down from 38 in the previous week, which marked a three-month high for fatalities.

The Liberal Democrats this week accused the Government of leaving care homes exposed to the pandemic publishing DHSC figures showing 14,660 positive COVID tests among care home staff in the four weeks to 27 July compared with 4,552 in June.

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The Lib Dems said cases stood at their highest since February, with 2,047 care home residents testing positive in the four weeks to 27 July, up from 596 in the previous month.

Additionally, the figures showed that around one in five care home staff were still to receive two doses of the vaccine.

More encouragingly, however, statistics show that cases in England peaked at 50,000 on the 17 July and have since more than halved to just under 23,000 as of 16 August.

COVID-19 accounted for 1.6% of all care home deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 6 August.

The CQC reported 10,364 death notifications in care homes involving COVID-19 in England between 1 January and 13 August 2021.

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