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Care home COVID deaths rise again in December

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The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales rose for the first time in two months in the week before Christmas, the latest ONS data has revealed.

After having declined for seven consecutive weeks, the number of COVID deaths rose to 44 in the week ending 24 December from 42 in the week earlier.

Despite the slight increase deaths remain far below the peak weekly levels of almost 2,000 seen in January 2021.

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COVID-19 deaths accounted for 1.6% of all deaths in care homes, the same rate seen in the week earlier.

CQC notifications of deaths in care homes involving COVID-19 in England rose by 59% in the week ending 31 December to 65 from 41 in the week earlier.

The slight increase in deaths came amidst a surge of the new Omicron variant across the country.

Infection levels in England have soared to record levels in recent weeks with 148,725 new cases reported on 4 January.

There were 25 COVID-19 related deaths in England on 4 January against a seven-day average of 116.

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