261 more Covid deaths added to weekly total after mistake

The number of weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has been revised upwards by more than 250 after a coding error, statisticians say.

Approximately 261 deaths in the week ended March 24th

The total number of registered deaths in the week that Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate increases from 591 to 852.

The ONS said a problem with its automated coding system resulted in the causes and contributing factors for some deaths being coded too late.

This means that the number of coronavirus deaths registered in the week ending December 24 is up 12.8% from the previous seven days – the first increase in six weeks.

Covid accounted for 6.5% of all deaths registered that week.

Registered nursing home residents’ deaths were revised upwards by 23.

There were 78 Covid-19-related deaths recorded by nursing home residents during the week – up from the 55 originally registered and 60 registered the previous week.

It is the first weekly increase in nursing home deaths in two months.

The ONS numbers cover nursing home resident deaths in all settings, not just nursing homes.

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