CQC data for the week up to May 22 (week 21) shows a 25 per cent decrease in the number of care home deaths involving COVID-19 in England.
Notifications to the regulator for England reveal that there were 2,555 deaths in care homes involving the virus, which is 825 fewer than the week before (3380). In Wales, 35 occurred during the same week, bringing the total for England and Wales to 2590.
In all settings, during the previous week (week 20) and in England and Wales, there were 3,810 deaths involving COVID-19, accounting for 26.1 per cent of all deaths. This represents a drop of 3 per cent (120 deaths) on the week before. ONS data reports there were 1,662 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes during this week.
Year-to-date analysis of all deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to Week 20, shows there have been 11,650 deaths in care homes (28.3 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths.