COVID-related deaths in care homes in England and Wales posted a slight decline at the end of September but remained at levels not seen since the end of March.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS recorded 79 COVID-related deaths in care homes in the week ending 24 September, down from 81 in the week earlier.
While the number of weekly deaths has now declined for two consecutive weeks from a peak of 86 in mid-September they remain at their highest level since the end of March.
COVID-19 accounted for 3.8% of all deaths in care homes up from 3.6% in the week earlier.
The number of notifications of deaths to the CQC involving COVID-19 in care homes in England fell from 65 in the week ending 24 September to 42 in the week ending 1 October, their lowest level since mid-August.
There were 13 COVID-19 related deaths on 4 October down on a seven-day average of 81.