Coronavirus death toll in England and Wales approaches 40,000

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More than 39,000 confirmed deaths involving the coronavirus have occurred in England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The latest ONS figures also showed that there were a total of 9,980 deaths in nursing homes related to coronaviruses registered until May 8 in England and Wales.

The total number of deaths in England and Wales in the week before May 8 was down for the third week in a row, to 12,657. The number of deaths in nursing homes also decreased compared to the previous week, going from 6,409 to 4,248.

Statisticians have reported that the North West has had the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths, 597 deaths, in England for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

However, for the second week in a row, all regions showed a decrease in the percentage of deaths involving Covid-19.

Almost 67% of deaths from coronavirus occurred in hospital the week before May 8, 27% in nursing homes, 4.6% in private homes and 1.2% in hospices.

The latest total number of deaths from the ONS is 33% higher than the total reported by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) for the same period.

The ONS figures include all of Covid-19’s mention on a death certificate, including suspicion of Covid-19.

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