Care providers are sharing their concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the UK, the Independent Care Group has said.
A lag between COVID-19 infection rates and reported deaths from the virus is worrying care providers as they prepare for winter and a possible second spike in cases.
They are warning that the country must avoid complacency and be extra vigilant to avoid coronavirus claiming more lives.
Whilst latest figures for the number of deaths from the virus in care homes and care homes with nursing showed a fall, care providers warned that they are concerned at the overall number of COVID-19 cases rising.
Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group, said, 'Of course a fall in the death rate is very welcome but we are more concerned about the sudden sharp rise in infection rates, particularly amongst young people.
'Given that there is always a lag between infection rates and death rates from coronavirus, we have to be afraid that we will see a new spike in cases.
'We have to remain vigilant, not rest on our laurels and in fact be even more cautious as we head towards winter.
'The colder season always puts extra strain on everyone in the caring professions and we do not want to see a resurgence in coronavirus cases on top of that. That could be devastating.
'The dangers in care and nursing homes have not gone away and our need for support is as great as ever.'
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that there were 23 deaths from COVID-19 in care homes and care homes with nursing in England and Wales during the week ending 28th August, down from 43 the previous week.
However, on Sunday, the UK recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since May, with 2,988 new coronavirus cases reported in just 24 hours.