Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales rise 17% to 668

Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales rise 17% to 668 with virus now behind one in 15 fatalities, official data reveals

  • Some 10,628 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending August 27, the ONS revealed 
  • Of those recorded, 6.5 per cent (668) had the coronavirus mentioned on their death certificate 
  • This is a 17 per cent hike compared to one week earlier, when 570 of 10,013 deaths were linked with Covid 
  • It comes as a further 45 daily Covid deaths were added to the toll yesterday, according to official figures 

Weekly deaths in England and Wales linked with the coronavirus rose by 17 per cent at the end of August, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics said there were 668 deaths linked with the virus on the week ending August 27, up from 570 in the previous seven days.

There were a total of 10,268 deaths from all causes in the most recent week, with Covid linked with one in every 15 of them (6.5 per cent).

The 668 deaths registrations in the two countries is the highest figure since March 26, when 719 deaths were recorded. Deaths dropped as low as 84 in the week to June 11.

The latest figures show the impact of the third wave, which began in the UK in May and has led to an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus as well a smaller but steady rise in hospital patients. 

Meanwhile, a further 45 daily Covid deaths were added to the toll yesterday. It marked a six per cent fall compared to last Monday, but the figures were impacted by the bank holiday and weekend.

It comes as ministers today refused to rule out a two-week ‘firebreak lockdown’ in England during the October school holidays if hospitalisations continue to rise.

But a full lockdown is unlikely, as officials are confident that the vaccine rollout is working – with deaths registered in the most recent week just 7.9 per cent of the January spike, when 8,433 were logged in one week.

Vaccinations in England are estimated to have directly averted 105,900 deaths, according to latest research by Cambridge University and Public Health England. 

 

In England, 9,630 deaths were registered in the most recent week, which is 1,070 more and 12.5 per cent higher than the five year average. It is also an increase of 229 deaths compared to last week.

Of the total fatalities, 649 (6.7 per cent) involved Covid, an increase of 17.8 per cent from the 551 fatalities linked with the virus one week earlier.

Deaths that involved Covid increased in seven of the nine regions in England, with the largest increase spotted in the South East where the figure jumped 65.9 per cent from 44 to 73 in just seven days.

London saw the most deaths connected with the virus (107), followed by the North West (101), the West Midlands and the South East.

But deaths linked with the virus dropped in Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands.

Meanwhile, 616 deaths were registered in Wales, 18 more deaths than the previous week and 7.5 per cent higher than the five-year average. Some 16 of these deaths involved Covid, which is two less than one week earlier.

This marks the eighth week in a row that the ONS has reported a higher number of deaths than they would expect to see at this time of year.

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