Scary coronavirus graphics that show how Covid-19 caused soaring deaths in Birmingham


Covid-19 is a factor in one in five deaths in the West Midlands, resulting in the number of deaths over ten years in a single week.

For deaths recorded in the region during the week ending April 3, 400 mentioned the coronavirus on the death certificate, compared to 67 the previous week.

That accounted for 22.1% of all deaths recorded this week, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics released this morning.

Overall, in the week ending April 3, 1,812 deaths were recorded – 777 more than the previous week.

It was also 739 more than the five-year average for the same week (although Easter falls affect this number), two-thirds higher than the average of 1,073 deaths.

The total was the highest weekly number since figures started in 2010.

The numbers cover the number of deaths recorded each week – there is usually a short delay between a death and its registration, so the death numbers for Covid-19 are lower than those of the NHS.

In England and Wales, 3,475 deaths recorded during the week ending April 3 mentioned the coronavirus on the death certificate, compared to 539 the previous week. This represented 21.2% of all deaths recorded during the week.

Of these, one in 10 (9.8%) was outside the hospital.

Of the deaths recorded until April 3 (4,122), 3,716 were in hospitals, while 217 were in nursing homes. There were also 136 at home, 33 in hospices, three in other communal establishments and 17 elsewhere.

In the United Kingdom, 4,526 deaths were registered until April 3, including 3,950 in England, 157 in Wales, 354 in Scotland and 65 in Northern Ireland.

Based on the date of death, there were 4,117 deaths in England and Wales in the week prior to April 3, which were registered on April 11.

Nick Stripe, head of health and life events analysis at the NSO, said: “The latest comparable data for deaths involving COVID-19 with a date of death until April 3 show that there were 6,235 deaths in England and Wales.

“When we look at the data for England, it’s 15% more than the NHS figures because they include all the mentions of COVID-19 on the death certificate, including the suspicions of COVID-19, as well as deaths in the community.

“The 16,387 deaths recorded in England and Wales during the week ending April 3 are the highest weekly total since we started compiling weekly death data in 2005.”

Overall, for the week ending April 3, 16,387 deaths were recorded, 5,246 more than the previous week and 6,082 more than the five-year average, the total being the highest weekly number since the ONS started to compile figures in 2005.

In addition to an increase in the number of deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned, the number of deaths mentioning “flu and pneumonia” also increased from 1,863 during the week ending March 27 to 2,367 during the week ending April 3.

Of the deaths mentioning “flu and pneumonia” in week 14, 1,466 also mentioned COVID-19.

During the week ending April 3, 35.7% of all deaths reported “flu and pneumonia”, COVID-19, or both.

In comparison, for the five-year average, 20.0% of deaths mentioned “flu and pneumonia”.

ONS said “influenza and pneumonia” were included for comparison as a well known cause of death involving a respiratory infection that is likely to have risk factors somewhat similar to COVID-19 .

Of those whose deaths were recorded during the week ending April 3, and whose death certificates mentioned Covid-19, none were in the two youngest age groups (i.e. those aged 1 year or less and those aged 1 to 14).

The highest number (1,231) and the proportion (24.6% of deaths in this age group) of deaths due to COVID-19 were among people aged 75 to 84.

In each age group, there were more deaths involving COVID-19 in men than in women.

The biggest difference was in the 75 to 84 age group where there were 931 deaths involving COVID-19 in men, almost double the 515 in women.


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