The number of weekly COVID related care home deaths has fallen below the 100 mark for the first time since early October.
In its latest update, the ONS said there were 76 COVID related care home deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 2 April, down by 52 (40%) on the previous week.
The welcome further steep decline in COVID deaths came after the drop in mortalities appeared to be plateauing in the previous week.
On a year to date basis there were 31,895 COVID related deaths in care homes in England and Wales up to 2 April 2021.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 4.9% of deaths, down from 6.8% in the week earlier.
The CQC reported 28,997 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in care homes in England between 10 April 2020 and 9 April 2021. Of these, 41 were notified between 3 April 2021 and 9 April 2021.
Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,920 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 2 April 2021.