Weekly Covid deaths rise in England and Wales – .

Weekly Covid deaths rise in England and Wales – .

The number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded each week in England and Wales has increased slightly.

A total of 713 deaths recorded in the week ending October 15 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is a 7% increase from the previous week, with all parts of England except the South West registering an increase.
However, deaths are still well below levels seen during the winter.
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Some 8,433 deaths involving Covid-19 were recorded in England and Wales in the week leading up to January 29, at the height of the second wave of the virus.
In contrast, the weekly total is between 600 and 900 for the last two months.
The relatively low number of deaths in the third wave so far, compared to the second wave of the virus, reflects the success of the coronavirus vaccine rollout across the country.
Vaccinations in England are estimated to have prevented 127,500 deaths through September 24, according to research from the University of Cambridge and the UK Health Security Agency.
However, there are still more deaths than normal for this time of year.
The total number of deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week to October 15 was 13.9% above the five-year pre-pandemic average, the ONS said – the equivalent of 1,366 deaths additional.
This is the 15th week in a row that the ONS has reported additional deaths, or “excessive deaths.”
The number of excess deaths in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the pandemic now stands at 74,005, according to analysis by the PA news agency.
Of that number, only 8,692, or 12%, were coronavirus-related deaths.
A total of 165,213 deaths have occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.
The highest number in a single day was 1,484 on January 19.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily toll peaked at 1,461 on April 8, 2020.
Responding to the latest figures, Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at the Open University, said: “It wouldn’t be very wrong to say that the number of Covid-related death records varies somewhat around a level roughly constant.


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