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No excess deaths in England and Wales for first time since lockdown began

Published on: 4:17 pm - Tuesday | June 30, 2020

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England and Wales registered no excess deaths over a week for the first time since before the coronavirus lockdown was put in place, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Overall, the number of weekly registered deaths fell below the five-year average in the week ending June 19 – the first time that has happened since the week ending March 13. But Wales and five English regions still have death rates above the five-year average. There were 65 fewer deaths registered for the mid-June week – the latest stats on record – 0.7% below the average number of deaths for the period. In both hospitals and care homes the number of deaths fell below the average, with 782 and 49 fewer deaths respectively. However, there were 827 excess deaths in people’s private homes. Advertisement Of the 9,339 deaths registered in the week ending June 19, 783 mentioned ‘novel coronavirus’ – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 for 12 weeks. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Four regions in England – the South East, South West, North West and East – registered no excess deaths, while the number of registered deaths in the West Midlands was similar to the five-year average. In Wales, which recorded no excess deaths for the first time in three months last week, death registrations crept up to 44 deaths higher than than five-year average. But the number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 fell in all regions in England and Wales.

Overall, 31,364 deaths involving coronavirus have taken place in hospitals in England and Wales. Some 14,658 deaths occurred in care homes, 2,259 in private homes, 684 in hospices, 221 in other communal establishments and 185 elsewhere, the ONS said. It added that five regions of England had deaths above the five-year average in the week ending June 19, while four regions were below. The regions where the number of registered deaths was above the five-year average were East Midlands (6.6% higher), Yorkshire and the Humber (3.6%), London (2.3%), north-east England (1.6%) and the West Midlands (0.1%). The four regions with fewer deaths were south-west England (3.5% below), north-west England (3.7% below), south-east England (3.8% below) and eastern England (6.8% below).

Source :METRO UK

 

 

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