The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales rose again in July after dropping to a new low at the end of June.
There were two more COVID deaths in care homes in the week ending 2 July, as the weekly figure rose to 10 from 8 in the previous week.
There have been 32,249 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales since the beginning of the pandemic in December 2019, according to the ONS.
Deaths involving COVID-19 accounted for just 0.6% of all deaths in care homes in the week ending 2 July.
The CQC reported 29,480 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 in care homes in England between 10 April 2020 and 9 July 2021. Of these deaths, 13 were notified in the week up to 9 July 2021.
In Wales, the Welsh Government reported 1,924 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021.
The latest data comes as England prepares for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July despite a rapid rise in new cases.
The government has provided reassurances that infection control measures will remain in force in care homes after leaders over the lifting of restrictions.