Weekly death rate from coronavirus drops to lowest level since lockout started

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The number of deaths from coronavirus has dropped to the lowest level since the lockdown started, new figures reveal.New data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of deaths recorded in England and Wales during the week ending July 3 involving Covid-19 was 532.

This is the lowest number of virus-related deaths in the past 15 weeks, said the ONS.

On March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced lockdowns and during that week, 539 deaths from coronavirus were recorded, according to figures from the ONS.

According to the NSO, there were a total of 9,140 deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week before July 3.



The number of deaths from coronavirus has dropped to the lowest level since lockout began

That’s 43 less than the five-year average of 9,183.

This is the third consecutive week that deaths have been below the five-year average.

The number of deaths in nursing homes and hospitals in the week before July 3 was also lower than the five-year average (88 and 634 deaths respectively), while the number of deaths in private homes was 755 above the five-year average.

The news comes as the death toll in the UK has reached 55,873, including suspected cases, according to a Reuters tally of official data.



The lowest number of virus-related deaths in the past 15 weeks

These figures mean that the UK is one of the most affected countries in the world.

The Reuters count includes deaths in which the coronavirus was mentioned on death certificates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until July 3 and until July 5.

It also includes more recent hospital deaths.

The government’s daily record, which records only deaths from positive coronavirus tests, is 44,830.



The figures were released today by the ONS

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