Covid-19 deaths fall AGAIN in England and Wales: Death toll drops 26% in a week to lowest seven-day count since BEFORE lockdown with just 217 victims — 2.4% of all fatalities
- There were 217 deaths registered in the week ending July 24 involving Covid-19
- This is a 26.4 per cent fall from the previous week, when there were 295 deaths
- The last time coronavirus deaths were so low was in the week ending March 20
Weekly coronavirus deaths have fallen by more than a quarter within seven days and remain at the lowest level since before the lockdown, official statistics show.
England and Wales are experiencing fewer deaths than would normally be expected for the sixth week in a row, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
There were 217 deaths registered in the week ending July 24 involving Covid-19 – accounting for 2.4 per cent of all deaths.
This is a 26.4 per cent fall from the previous week, when there were 295 deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.
The last time deaths involving coronavirus were so low was in the week ending March 20, before lockdown measures were introduced, when there were 103 deaths.
The ONS report also showed that the overall number of confirmed or suspected victims is around 56,000. Department of Health officials say the laboratory-confirmed death toll — which only includes victims who have tested positive for the disease — stands at 46,210.
There were 217 deaths registered in the week ending July 24 involving Covid-19 – accounting for 2.4 per cent of all deaths
Overall deaths continue to stay below the number usually expected at this time of year, based on an average from the previous five years.
There were 8,891 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending July 24 – 161 deaths fewer than the five-year average.
While deaths remain below the average, there were 68 more deaths registered compared with the previous week.
The number of deaths in care homes and hospitals was also below the five-year average, but the number of deaths in private homes remains above it, with 727 more deaths during the week.
The number of deaths involving Covid-19 decreased across all English regions, except for Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands.
The South East had the largest number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 (40), while the East Midlands had the highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus (4.4 per cent).
All regions, except for the North East, East Midlands and West Midlands, had fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.
In Wales, there was one death below the five-year average registered in the week ending July 24.
More than 56,600 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.
Tuesday’s ONS figures show that 51,596 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to July 24, and had been registered by August 1.
Equivalent figures for Scotland registered up to July 26 and Northern Ireland up to July 29 take the total to 56,651.
These are deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
WHERE ARE THE 20 AREAS THAT HAVE RECORDED THE MOST COVID-19 DEATHS?
County Durham: 706
Cheshire East: 552
Cheshire West and Chester: 411
WHERE ARE THE 20 AREAS THAT HAVE HAD THE FEWEST COVID-19 DEATHS?
Isles of Scilly: 0
City of London: 4
South Hams: 12
West Devon: 17
Mid Devon: 18
West Lindsey: 23
North Devon: 26
Ribble Valley: 27
Isle of Anglesey: 34
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