Care home COVID-19 deaths rose to their highest level since mid-April at the end of July.
After stabilising at a pandemic low for much of the month, deaths rose again in the week ending 30 July in England and Wales to 38, up from 22 in the previous week, the ONS revealed.
The increase took the number of COVID-related deaths in care homes to their highest level since mid-April and came after the Government lifting COVID-19 restrictions in the community on 19 July.
COVID-19 related care home deaths accounted for 1.8% of all deaths in care homes, up from 1.1% in the previous week.
Total COVID-19 deaths rose to 389 in the week in England, compared with 308 in the prior week. In Wales, deaths involving COVID-19 fell to 13 compared with 16 in the week ending 23 July.
The CQC reported 10,326 death notifications in care homes in England involving COVID-19 between 1 January and 6 August 2021.
Earlier this week, a third death was confirmed following a COVID-19 outbreak at Dun Berisay care home in Stornoway.