One in four deaths in England and Wales registered at the end of November involved coronavirus, new figures show.
There were 3,040 deaths registered where “novel coronavirus” was mentioned on the death certificate in the week ending November 27, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
This is 24.4% of the total deaths registered during that week, and the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending May 15.
It is also up from 2,697 deaths in the week to November 20 – a jump of 13% (343 more deaths).
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 27 November 2020 (Week 48) was 12,456.
▪️ 79 fewer than Week 47▪️ 2,099 more than the five-year average for Week 48
— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) December 8, 2020
The overall number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending November 27 was 12,456 deaths – 79 fewer deaths than registered during the previous seven days.
This is 20% higher than the average number of deaths for this period of time over the past five years (an increase of 2,099 deaths).
In hospitals, care homes, private homes and other locations the number of deaths was above the five-year average.
And all regions in England had a higher number of deaths than the five-year average for the third week in a row.
Deaths involving Covid-19 rose in all English regions except the North West.
In Wales, the number of deaths involving Covid-19 fell from 223 to 218 deaths.