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% of all deaths.
This is a 26.4% 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.
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.