Weekly coronavirus deaths fall more than a quarter in seven days, new ONS figures show

Weekly coronavirus deaths fall more than a quarter in seven days, new ONS figures show

Weekly coronavirus deaths fall more than a quarter in seven days, new ONS figures show

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Weekly coronavirus deaths have fallen by more than quarter within seven days, official statistics show.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, Covid-19 deaths in the UK remain at the lowest level since before the lockdown.

England and Wales are experiencing fewer deaths than would normally be expected for the sixth week in a row, said ONS.

There were 217 deaths registered in the week ending July 24 involving Covid-19 – accounting for 2.4 per cent of all deaths.

This is a 26.4 per cent fall from the previous week, when there were 295 deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

The last time deaths involving coronavirus were so low was in the week ending March 20, before nationwide lockdown measures were introduced, when there were 103 deaths.

Overall deaths continue to stay below the number usually expected at this time of year, based on an average from the previous five years.

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There were 8,891 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending July 24 – 161 deaths fewer than the five-year average.

While deaths remain below the average, there were 68 more deaths registered compared with the previous week.

The number of deaths in care homes and hospitals was also below the five-year average, but the number of deaths in private homes remains above it, with 727 more deaths during the week.

According to the ONS, all but three regions of England had deaths below the five-year average in the week ending July 24.

The exceptions were the East Midlands, where the number of registered deaths was 5.8 per cent above the five-year average, the West Midlands (5.2 per cent above average) and north-east England (2.7 per cent above average).

The other regions were north-west England (1.1 per cent below), south-west England (2.4 per cent below), south-east England (3.2 per cent below), eastern England (3.5 per cent below), London (6.1 per cent below) and Yorkshire & the Humber (8.0% per cent below).

In Wales, the number of deaths registered in the week to July 24 was 0.2 per cent below the five-year average.

In total more than 56,600 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.

Figures published on Tuesday by the ONS show that 51,596 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to July 24, and had been registered by August 1.

Meanwhile figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,201 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to July 26, while 854 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to July 24 (and had been registered up to July 29) according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 56,651 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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