Care home COVID-19 deaths rose to their highest level since April at the end of August.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS recorded 72 COVID linked deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 27 August up from 29 in the week earlier.
The latest figures meant COVID deaths were at their highest since the beginning of April.
COVID-19 accounted for 3.6% of all care home deaths, up from 1.5% in the previous week.
The rise was also reflected in CQC death notifications in care homes involving COVID-19, which reached a monthly high of 62 in the week ending of 27 August. The more current CQC data shows there was a drop to 49 deaths in the week ending 3 September, however.
Twenty eight deaths were recorded on 6 September against a seven-day average of 93.