The incidence of COVID-19 in care home has continued to decline with the latest weekly data showing fatalities fell by more than a third.
In its latest weekly analysis, the ONS revealed that COVID-19 related care home deaths were down by 34.6% in England and Wales in the week to June 12 to 369, marking the seventh weekly decline since the height of the pandemic at the end of April.
On a cumulative basis, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in England amounted to 13,735 in the week to 12 June, while in Wales the number of deaths was 663, the ONS said.
CQC death notifications involving COVID-19 between 10 April and 19 June amounted to 12,075, of which 188 occurred in the week to 12 June.
The Care Inspectorate Wales recorded a further 491 deaths between 17 March and 19 June, of which one occurred in the week to 12 June.
COVID-19 deaths fell as a percentage of all care home fatalities fell to 17.3% in the week to 12 June, with the total number of deaths 199 higher than the five-year average. Care homes accounted for 29.7% of all deaths involving COVID-19.
Independent Care Group (ICG) Chair Mike Padgham said: “The downward trend in care and nursing home deaths is very welcome and we are all pleased and relieved that we seem to be passing the peak.
“But we also have to be mindful that for some, this crisis will have been the final straw and may well cause the closure of some care and nursing homes, causing a fresh issue in social care.
“The government will have to step up its support for the sector to avoid a sudden loss of provision, or we will have a second crisis on our hands through a lack of places.”