According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the week ending June 11, a total of 84 deaths recorded in England and Wales had Covid-19 mentioned on death certificates.
That’s 14% less than the previous week, but the ONS said the number of registered deaths was affected by the May 31 bank holiday and that differences between the numbers should be treated with caution.
Around one in 125 deaths (0.8%) registered in the week up to June 11th mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the July 19th data “looks encouraging” if coronavirus restrictions in England are expected to be eased further.
“I hope we can take the steps we are supposed to take on July 19th because the dates look encouraging,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
In the week leading up to June 11, there were around 14 deaths of nursing home residents related to Covid-19 in England and Wales, up from 13 the previous week.
The week-to-week change will be influenced by the May 31 bank holiday, which is when the registry offices would likely be closed, the ONS said.
In total, Covid-19 has been on death certificates of 42,525 nursing home residents in England and Wales since the pandemic began.
The ONS numbers cover nursing home resident deaths in all settings, not just nursing homes.
In the UK, a total of 153,630 deaths have now occurred in which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.
The highest number of deaths in a single day was 1,481 on January 19.
During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked on April 8, 2020 with 1,461 deaths.