The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced Friday that over a quarter of care home residents' deaths in England and Wales involved COVID-19 since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The latest ONS figures would mean more than a third of those deaths were among care home residents in England and Wales. This was 23,136 more than the same period past year.
COVID19 was the leading cause of death for male care home residents, accounting for 30.3% of deaths.
He said every resident and staff member in care homes will have been tested by early June, and the National Health Service (NHS) was strengthening support to the social care sector with a named clinical lead for every care home in England.
This figure counts deaths occurring in all settings, such as, hospitals, care homes, etc.
Researchers from the charity said that the key reasons for excess deaths among older people who are care home residents will be: under-diagnosed Covid-19 deaths (not recognised because of a lack of testing, symptoms showing differently in very old/frail people, lack of access to health care) and deaths from other causes because of a lack of access to timely health care.
The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures make hard reading but add some clarity to recent concerns about the extent of the pandemic in care homes across England and Wales.
Coronavirus deaths have pushed up the total number of people dying so far this year considerably higher than average. It was added that, "There was are a higher proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 among male care home residents than females across all age groups,".
Unexplained unexpected deaths in care homes in England and Wales can take the figure to more than 22,000.
The prime minister rejected claims that the government had been too slow to respond to the outbreak of the virus in care homes and said government data showed the number of outbreaks and deaths in care homes was falling.
"The government has also produced data which not only shows that there has been, as I say, a awful epidemic in care homes but since the care homes action plan began we're are seeing an appreciable and substantial reduction not just in the number of outbreaks but also in the number of deaths".