Eight regions where coronavirus deaths on rise as North West worst hit
Nearly every region in England and Wales has seen a new rise in weekly coronavirus deaths – with the North West suffering the most.
Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that nearly one in 20 deaths in the North West is linked to the virus.
And figures released this morning show that in eight of nine English regions, Covid-19 deaths increased in the week to September 25.
Since the start of the pandemic 50,277 death certificates have mentioned coronavirus in England and 2,592 in Wales.
It was the third week in a row that coronavirus deaths increased across the UK – with 203 in England, 12 in Wales, 10 in Scotland and nine in Northern Ireland – a total of 234.
This is 76 higher than the previous week.
Of these 60 were in the North West, where 4.7% of overall fatalities are linked to coronavirus, compared to 2.2% across the rest of the two countries.
Just the East Midlands saw a week-on-week fall in the number of coronavirus deaths, dropping from 14 to 11.
Overall there were 9,634 deaths from all causes registered across England and Wales during that week – 111 more than the previous week.
The number of fatalities involving Covid-19 increased in by 63 in hospitals, by seven in care homes, by one in hospices, three in private homes and by two in other communal establishments.
More than half of those who died were aged 80 or over, statisticians confirmed, with this age group accounting for 58.6% of those who died.
Since the start of the pandemic, 55.1% of victims have been males.
In an update, ONS said: “The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 25 September 2020 (Week 39) was 9,634; this was 111 more deaths than in Week 38.
“In Week 39, the number of deaths registered was 2.7% above the five-year average (257 deaths higher).
“Of the deaths registered in Week 39, 215 mentioned ‘novel coronavirus (COVID-19)’, accounting for 2.2% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase compared with Week 38 (76 deaths higher).”
The government’s official coronavirus death toll stands at 42,369 after a further 19 fatalities were confirmed yesterday.
The number of cases increased by 12,594 to 515,571.
As of yesterday there were 2,428 people in hospital with coronavirus, of which 368 were in ventilator beds.
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