Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in England last month, the highest ranking since March, according to new figures.
A total of 2,162 deaths were from the coronavirus in August, equivalent to 5.3% of all deaths recorded in England, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Covid-19 was the leading cause of death in England every month from November 2020 to February 2021.
In March, it moved from first place to third place, then fell to ninth place in April, on May 24, and June 26.
But it moved up to ninth place in July, before falling back to third place last month.
August also saw 9.9% more deaths than usual recorded in England, compared to the pre-pandemic average for the month.
This is the highest percentage of additional deaths – or “excess deaths” – since February.
In Wales, Covid-19 was the seventh leading cause of death in August, down from 22nd in July and the highest since March.
The Covid-19 killed 70 people in Wales last month, or 2.7% of the total recorded.
Ischemic heart disease was the leading cause (316 deaths), followed by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (276).