Latest figures show the fewest coronavirus deaths in a week since before lockdown


England and Wales recorded their lowest weekly coronavirus death toll since the lockdown went into effect in March, new figures show.In the week to August 7, only 152 deaths mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, the lowest seven-day total since the week ending March 20 (103 deaths) – four days before the start of the closure, said the Bureau of National Statistics. .

This is the lowest weekly total in 20 weeks and is down 21.2% from the week before, when there were 193 deaths involving coronavirus, the ONS added.

The number of coronavirus deaths has fallen or stayed the same in all parts of England except the North West, as new figures have also shown the UK’s true toll topped 57,000 – nearly by 16,000 more than the government’s official record, which was lowered following a last review this week.

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This graph shows the number of deaths and the number of deaths linked to Covid-19

However, week-to-week deaths in Wales more than doubled, to 24 in seven days through August 7, down from 10 the week before.

In England, the North West had the highest number of coronavirus deaths (33), up one from the previous seven days, followed by the South East (24) and East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber (16 each).

Of all deaths involving Covid-19 recorded so far, 63.4% have occurred in hospital, with the rest occurring mainly in nursing homes (29.6%), private homes (4.7 %) and hospices (1.4%), the ONS said in its latest update on Tuesday.

Other highlights from the report:

The number of deaths from Covid-19 by place of occurrence

Deaths by sex and age in England and Wales in the week to August 7

– Covid-19-related deaths remained higher in older age groups, with people aged 90 and over accounting for the highest number of deaths.

– For most age groups, there were more male victims (55%) than women.

– Since the beginning of the year, there have been more deaths among women aged 85 and over (11,864) than among men of the same age group (10,052), which could be due to the makes the female population aged 85 and over considerably larger.

– In the week ending August 7, England and Wales accounted for 152 of the 162 UK deaths involving coronavirus, as additional deaths continued to decline.

– A total of 8,945 deaths were recorded in England and Wales in the week ending August 7, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – 157 less than the five-year average of 9,102.

– This is the eighth week in a row that deaths are below the five-year average.

The number of deaths in private homes was above average, while deaths in care homes, hospitals and other communal facilities remained below average, according to the ONS.

Just over 57,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been recorded in the UK.

The number of deaths recorded per week in England and Wales

A regional breakdown of deaths during the week ending August 7

Figures released on Tuesday by the ONS show that 51,935 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales through August 7 and were recorded on August 15.

Figures released last week by National Records for Scotland showed that 4,213 deaths involving Covid-19 had been recorded in Scotland until August 9 while 859 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland until August 7 (and had been registered until 12 August) according to the Statistics and Research Agency for Northern Ireland.

Together these figures mean that to date 57,007 deaths have been recorded in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

Six regions of England saw deaths below the five-year average in the week ending August 7, the ONS said.

Doctors wear PPE when treating coronavirus patient (file photo)

These were South East England (0.2% below), West Midlands (0.6% below), South West England (4.4% below), from eastern England (4.5% below), London (4.5% below) and Yorkshire and the Humber. (5.4% below).

In three regions, the number of recorded deaths was above the five-year average: the north-west of England (0.6% above), the north-east of England (0.8% above ) and the East Midlands (4.9% above).

In Wales, the number of deaths recorded in the week to August 7 was 1.4% below the five-year average.

The number of adults with depression has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have suggested.

ONS data showed that almost one in 10 UK adults (9.7%) suffered from some kind of depression between July 2019 and March 2020.

But when the same group of 3,500 participants was reassessed in June, the figure had risen to 19.2% – nearly one in five.

A separate study found that the majority (84%) of people with some kind of depression cited stress and anxiety affecting their well-being, and 42% said their relationships had been affected.

Tim Vizard, ONS, said: “Almost one in five adults suffered from some form of depression during the pandemic, almost doubling from one in ten previously.

“Young, female adults unable to pay an unforeseen expense or disabled were the most likely to suffer from some form of depression during the pandemic.


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