Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales at highest for 3 months with rise of 53% in week

Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales at highest for 3 months with rise of 53% in week


The number of coronavirus deaths has jumped by 53% in just a week to reach the highest levels since June.

The tally of deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales has risen for the sixth week in a row, new official figures show.

And across the whole of the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, 761 deaths where coronavirus was noted in the registration were recorded in the week ending October 16.

That figure is 287 higher than the previous week – an uplift of just under 40%.

In England and Wales alone recorded the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending June 19, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 670 deaths in England and Wales registered in the week ending October 16 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

Three-quarters of those who died were aged over 75- but the over-90s were beginning to die at greater rates, the most recent week’s figures showed.

A total 438 deaths where the virus was mentioned were recorded in the week ending October 9, according to the ONS figures. 

The vast majority of the new deaths were recorded in England – with the North West the worst-hit area. 

In total, there were were 622 deaths involving Covid-19 in England, including 229 in the North West.

The Midlands, and North East were the next worst-hit areas for overall excess deaths.

England’s South East was the only region to have fewer overall deaths in that week than the five-year average.

London and the East of England’s overall deaths remained almost static.

Another 47 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered in Wales – up ten from 37 the week before. 

Overall, the number of deaths registered across England and Wales was 6.8% above the five-year average, the fresh ONS data showed. 

The numbers of deaths in hospitals from all causes across England and Wales also remained below the five-year average – with 184 fewer deaths.

However the number of deaths in private homes and care homes were above the five-year average at 776 and 90 more deaths respectively, the ONS found.


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