Coronavirus deaths hit highest weekly total since May with 13% jump in seven days

Coronavirus deaths hit highest weekly total since May with 13% jump in seven days

 

Coronavirus deaths have hit the highest weekly total since May with a 13% jump in seven days, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.

A total of 3,040 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending November 27 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

This is the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending May 15.

It is also up from 2,697 deaths in the week to November 20 – a rise of 13%.

The data also reveals the number of deaths increasing in all regions in England except the North West.

Yorkshire and the Humber had 537 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending November 27 – the highest number for the region since the week ending May 1, according to the ONS.

In the East Midlands, 361 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to November 27: again, the highest for the region since the week to May 1.

In North East England, 220 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to November 27: the highest since the week to May 15.

Deaths increased week-on-week in every region of England except the North West, where the weekly total fell from 629 to 546.

Nearly a quarter (24.4%) of all deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to November 27 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

This comes as a 90-year-old grandmother became the first person in the world to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.

Margaret Keenan received the jab at 6.31am in Coventry on Tuesday, marking the start of a phased NHS rollout of the vaccine to older people, health staff and care home workers.

Jabs will be administered at 70 hospital hubs across the UK from Tuesday – dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mrs Keenan, known to family and friends as Maggie, received the jab from nurse May Parsons at University Hospital in Coventry.

Mrs Keenan, who turns 91 next week, is a former jewellery shop assistant who retired four years ago.

She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

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