The number of COVID-related deaths rose again sharply in November to hit their highest levels since early June, according to the latest ONS data.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS said there were 571 COVID-related care home deaths in the week ending 27 November, up by 104 deaths on the previous week.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care home as a proportion of all deaths in care homes rose to 23.5%, the highest since the week ending 29 May.
On a year-to-date basis, there were 17,889 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes up to 27 November.
CQC data revealed there were 17,023 deaths involving COVID-19 in England in care homes between 10 April and 4 December. Of these deaths, 430 were notified in the week ending 4 December.
In Wales, there were 934 notifications of deaths in care homes between 1 March and 20 November.
The latest reported rise in care home COVID deaths comes as the NHS begins the roll-out of vaccinations to the over 80s and health and care staff today.
Meanwhile, the MHRA watchdog has reportedly given its approval for the delivery of Pfizer vaccinations to care homes.
An MHRA spokesperson told CHP: “Together, working closely with the NHS and devolved administrations, the MHRA continues to support the delivery and deployment of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine.
“We are available at all times to provide regulatory advice, to support this vital work. We have put in place arrangements to support delivery of the vaccine to top priority groups as safely and swiftly as possible.
“Regulatory approvals required to proceed with the splitting up of packs have been put in place. We are working with NHS and their assemblers to help support them to implement the processes and training they need to have in place to meet our conditions. The conditions are published here.”