The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales has increased for the first time since the height of the second wave in January.
In its latest weekly statistics, the ONS reported 25 COVID-19 related deaths in the week ending 14 May, up by 11 on the previous week, following 14 weeks of declining numbers since 29 January.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 1.3% of all deaths in care homes, up from 1.0% in the previous week.
CQC data showed there were 29,372 deaths of residents between 10 April 2020 and 21 May 2021. Of these deaths, eight were notified in the week up to 21 May.
In Wales, Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,920 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 6 May 2021.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO, Care England, told CHP: “Any loss of life is an absolute tragedy, but the latest trend in the data shows how successful care homes have been in protecting their residents. Clearly with the new variants caution remains essential and we will need to watch the data carefully over the coming weeks seen in conjunction with community transmission.”