A total of 217 deaths were recorded during the week ending July 24 (or week 30) involving COVID-19[feminine[feminine – representing 2.4% of all deaths in England and Wales.
This is a decrease of 26.4% from the previous week, when 295 deaths were recorded where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The last time coronavirus-related deaths were this low was in the week ending March 20, when there were 103.
It was just days before the nationwide lockdown measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson took effect.
The highest proportions of coronavirus-related deaths in week 30 were among people aged 50 to 54, 70 to 74, and 85 to 89, where 3.8%, 2.9% and 3 , 1% of deaths in these age groups involved COVID-19, respectively.
It is also the sixth week in a row that the total number of deaths has fallen below the five-year average, the ONS said.
A total of 8,891 deaths were recorded during the seven-day period, 161 less than the five-year average.
However, 68 more deaths were recorded compared to the previous week, according to figures on Tuesday.
The number of deaths in nursing homes and hospitals was also below the five-year average, but the number in private homes continued to be higher, with an additional 727 deaths during the week.
Deaths involving COVID-19 have fallen in all parts of England except Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands.
The South East had the highest number of weekly deaths involving COVID-19 (40), while the East Midlands had the highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus (4.4%).
All regions except the North East, East Midlands and West Midlands have recorded fewer deaths than the five-year average.
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More than 56,600 deaths involving COVID-19 have now been recorded in the UK.
These are deaths for which the disease was mentioned on a death certificate, including suspected cases.
ONS data showed that 51,596 of them had occurred in England and Wales through July 24 and were recorded on August 1.
Equivalent figures for Scotland through July 26 and Northern Ireland through July 29 bring the total to 56,651.