Number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 exceeds one thousand – ONS

The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has exceeded a thousand for the first time since June, new figures show.

There were 1,379 deaths mentioning ‘novel coronavirus’ registered in the week ending October 30, accounting for 12.7% of all deaths in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

This is the eighth consecutive weekly rise, up 401 deaths (41%) from the previous week, which saw 978 Covid-19 deaths registered.

It is the first time that the weekly figure has been above 1,000 since the week ending June 12, and it is the highest number since the week ending June 5, when 1,588 Covid-19 deaths were registered.

For the second week in a row, deaths in hospitals were above the five-year average, with 244 excess deaths.

Some 81.7% of the deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending October 30 occurred in hospitals, the ONS said.

On October 29, 189 deaths occurred in hospitals, the highest number by day since May 18.

Deaths in private homes remained above the five-year average (871 more deaths), while there were 104 fewer deaths in care homes.

Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased week-on-week in every region of England in the week to October 30.

North-west England had 445 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending October 30 – the highest number for the region since the week ending May 15, according to the ONS.

It was the region with the largest number and highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus (25.4%), and saw the largest weekly increase (120 more deaths).

In Yorkshire and the Humber, 204 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to October 30 – the highest since the week to June 5.

In north-east England, 118 Covid-19 deaths were registered – the highest since the week to May 29.

London was the only English region to have fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.

So far this year in England and Wales, there have been 36,597 Covid-19 deaths in hospitals, 16,140 in care homes, 2,723 in private homes, 787 in hospices, 236 in other communal establishments and 215 elsewhere.

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