February 26, 2021

Number of weekly deaths in England and Wales drops by nearly 2,000 - ONS

February 23, 2021

The number of people dying weekly in England and Wales has dropped by almost 2,000, provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics show, reflecting a fall in fatalities involving coronavirus.

Data revealed by the ONS shows 15,354 people died across the two nations in the week ending 12 February.

This was 1,838 fewer deaths than the previous week - but still, 3,429 (28%) higher than the five-year average for that week.

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Of those people who died in the week ending 12 February (week six), some 37% involved coronavirus.

By that date, a total of 138,468 deaths had occurred in the UK in which COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

In week six, the number of COVID deaths decreased in all regions of England, with the biggest drop in the South East.

The daily death toll for the second wave peaked on 19 January, when there were 1,447 deaths.

During the first wave, the number of dead peaked at the slightly higher number of 1,457, on 8 April last year.

In the week to 12 February, all regions of England recorded a week-on-week fall in the number of registered coronavirus deaths, the ONS said.

The highest number - 974 - was recorded in southeast England - own 31% from 1,415 in the previous week.

Eastern England saw the second highest number: 808, down 26% from 1,098.

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