The number of COVID-19 related care home deaths in England and Wales remain at a six-month high, according to the latest ONS data.
In its latest data update, the ONS recorded 81 COVID related deaths in care homes in the week ending 17 September down from 86 in the week earlier.
Despite the small decline the number of COVID deaths in care homes remained at their highest level since March.
COVID-19 deaths accounted for 3.6% of all deaths in care homes.
The number of death notifications involving COVID-19 in care homes in England reported by the CQC also remained at a six-month high dropping to 65 in the week ending 24 September from 66 in the week earlier.
The trend of COVID infections was up in the wider community in England with almost 29,000 new cases reported on 27 September up on a seven-day average of under 27,000.
COVID deaths in England were down, however, at 23, compared with a seven-day average of 101.