Britain’s statistics agency reported the highest number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 Since May.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that there were 2,466 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in England and Wales during the week ending November 13.
This is the first time the figure has exceeded 2,000 since May and marks an increase of 529 from the previous week.
More than 71,200 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK – a measure combining ONS data with data released by the government.
The number of deaths for which Covid was mentioned on the death certificate represented more than 20% of all deaths in England and Wales in the latest statistics.
Nuffield Trust Deputy Director of Research Sarah Scobie said the numbers were a “sobering reminder of the terrible impact of this virus”.
She said: ‘This growing number will put more pressure on NHS staff. For some hospitals, especially in hot Covid areas, you will feel like you are already in the dead of winter.
“This pressure on services has implications for both the well-being of exhausted staff and the ability to work on the growing patient waiting list for routine operations and care.
The total number of deaths in hospitals, private homes and nursing homes was above the five-year average – the expected number of deaths for this time of year.Looking at deaths by date of occurrence, there were 306 deaths involving coronavirus in hospitals on November 9. This is the highest number of daily deaths since May 6, when 309 hospital deaths occurred.
All parts of England and Wales have seen a higher number of deaths than the five-year average.
The North West of England recorded 615 deaths involving Covid-19 in the week ending November 13 – the highest number in the region since the week ending May 15, according to the ONS.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, 450 Covid-19-related deaths were recorded in the week of November 13 – again, the highest in the region since the week of May 15.
Some 284 Covid-19-related deaths have been recorded in the West Midlands – the highest since the week of May 22 – while 245 have been recorded in the East Midlands, the highest since the week through May 15.
Weekly recorded deaths not involving Covid-19 were below the five-year average for the third week in a row, the ONS said.
A total of 68,524 deaths have so far been recorded in the UK, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from UK statistical agencies.