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BREAKING NEWS: Small rise in care home COVID-19 deaths in July

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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.

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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.

Liverpool City Council last week confirmed seven care home COVID outbreaks with most new cases involving staff and most of those affected still well.

The government has provided reassurances that infection control measures will remain in force in care homes after leaders over the lifting of restrictions.

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