Weekly COVID-related care home deaths in England and Wales have passed the 1,000 mark for the first time since May.
In its latest update, the ONS reported 1,271 COVID-19 related deaths in the week ending 15 January, up by 311 on the previous week.
On a year to date basis, there were 22,892 COVID related care home deaths up to 15 January. Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for over one-third of all deaths in care homes in the week.
CQC data notifications data showed there were 23,081 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 10 April 2020 and 22 January 2021. Of these deaths, 1,705 were notified in the week up to 22 January.
Care Inspectorate Wales recorded 1,470 resident deaths involving COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 15 January 2021.
The latest weekly increase in COVID deaths came as the government’s end-month deadline to offer vaccinations for all elderly care home resident and staff approaches.
Speaking yesterday, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said almost four in five (78.7%) of the over 80s had been vaccinated.
Leading care home operator Four Seasons told CHP that 88% of residents and 60% of staff had been partly or fully vaccinated.
Not for profit provider The Orders of St John Care Trust said 80% of its residents had been vaccinated as of yesterday.
More than half (53.6%) if its frontline staff have been vaccinated with 300 having received their second jab.
Commenting on the latest ONS figures, Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, said: “Today’s figures make grim reading once again and our thoughts go out to everyone who has lost someone to COVID-19.
“Hopefully, the figures will soon start to improve as we always knew there would be a lag before the impact of lockdown and the vaccine started to show.
“At the same time, these figures once again demonstrate that COVID-19 is still taking an awful toll and we cannot afford to become complacent.”