Deaths below five year average for third consecutive week

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales was below the five-year average for the third straight week, the National Statistics Office said.

In the week ending March 26, around 10,045 deaths were recorded, 5.0% below the average for the corresponding period 2015-19.

In the last three weeks, deaths were last below average in the week ending September 4, 2020.

A total of 719 deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending March 26th had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) – the lowest number since the week ending October 16.

The number is 25% lower than the previous week.

Around one in 14 (7.2%) of all deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending March 26th mentioned Covid-19 on their death certificate.

It comes after researchers said the prevalence of coronavirus cases in England fell by around 60% from February to March. Recent data suggests that the decline is “flattening out”.

Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, said the vaccination program “breaks” the link between covid infections and deaths.

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