Care home deaths involving COVID-19 stabilised at a pandemic low during the first three weeks of July, according to the ONS.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 22 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 23 July, the same number as in the previous week.
The latest figures cover the period after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions in the community on ‘freedom day’ on 19 July.
While mandatory social distancing restrictions have been lifted in community settings, restrictions have been retained in care homes.
COVID-19 accounted for 1.1% of the total 1,977 care home deaths in the week ending 23 July.
The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in England increased to 308 in the week compared with 213 in the previous week. In Wales, deaths involving COVID-19 increased to 16 compared with 4 in the previous week.
The CQC reported 10,289 death notifications involving COVID-19 between 1 January and 30 July 2021.
Prof Martin Green OBE, CEO, Care England told CHP: “The data on reducing care home deaths is encouraging and it is testament to the fantastic work care home staff have done to protect their residents.”