Chest infections, including COVID-19, are at a six-month low in England’s care homes, according to Public Health England (PHE).
PHE said there were 58 outbreaks of coughs or acute respiratory infections in England between 24 August and 30 August, down by 38% on 94 cases in the previous week, the Daily Mail reported.
The latest figure is more than 90% below that seen at the height of the pandemic in early April where 1,010 outbreaks were recorded.
The drop in chest infection outbreaks reflects the decline in the number of reported COVID-19 related deaths reported in care homes.
In its latest weekly figures, the ONS reported 23 deaths in care homes in England and Wales involving COVID-19 at the end of August.
The drop, which came after a slight increase in cases in the previous two weeks, meant COVID-19 related fatalities are at the lowest level since the onset of the pandemic at the end of March.
However, a spike in infection rates in the wider community over the last week has raised fears of a new wave of infection in care homes and prompted a ban on all but essential visits across the country.
North Tyneside Council has become the latest to close care homes to all non-essential visits this week following similar announcements by local authorities in the north-west, Midlands and Caerphilly, Wales.