The number of weekly deaths from coronavirus is highest since early June, according to new statistics.
A total of 978 deaths recorded in England and Wales for the week ending October 23 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the National Statistics Office (ONS).
It’s the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 since the week ending June 12, rising from 670 deaths in the week ending October 16 – a jump of 46%.
In north-west England, 325 deaths with Covid-19 were recorded in the week ending October 23 – the highest number in the region since the week ending May 22, according to the ONS.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, 159 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in the week ending October 23. This is the highest reading since the week ended June 5th.
114 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in northeast England, the highest since the week ending May 29.
In the region through October 23, registered deaths from Covid-19 increased from week to week in every region of England.
Almost 63,000 deaths with Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, as the new figures show.
According to the latest reports from the UK statistical authorities, 61,257 deaths have been recorded in the UK so far with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
That includes 55,796 deaths in England and Wales as of October 23rd (and registered as of October 31st), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.
Since these statistics were produced, there have been an additional 1,428 deaths in England, as well as 67 in Scotland, 90 in Wales and 80 in Northern Ireland, according to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Taken together, these totals mean that there have been 62,922 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK to date.
The ONS stated that of the 978 deaths that were involved in Covid-19 in England and Wales in the week ended October 23, 874 were found to be the underlying cause of death (89.4%) and of the 1,719 deaths from influenza and Pneumonia registered 302 had the cause coded as the underlying cause (17.6%).
The hospital death toll for the week ended October 23 was above the five-year average, with 14 more deaths, for the first time since the week ended May 15 (614 more).
The number of deaths in private homes and nursing homes was also above the five-year average, with 959 and 39 additional deaths respectively.
In England the total number of deaths rose from 9,833 in the week ending October 16 to 10,070 in the week ending October 23.
According to the ONS, the south west was the only region of England that had fewer overall deaths compared to the five-year average.
In total, there were 913 deaths from Covid-19 in England in the week ending October 23.
In Wales, the number of Covid-19 deaths rose from 47 in the week ending October 16 to 65 in the week ending October 23, while the total deaths that week were 33 above the five-year average.
Based on a statistical model that takes into account the time taken to register deaths, the ONS estimates that the number of deaths in the week ended October 23 in England and Wales ranged from 9,750 to 12,097.
The number of deaths registered in the UK for the week ending October 23, 2020 was 12,292, which is 1,222 more than the five-year average and 364 more than the previous week.
Of the deaths registered in the UK for the week ending October 23, 1,126 deaths were Covid-19, 365 more than the previous week.