The number of people who died with the coronavirus named on their death certificate fell below 1,000 for the first time since October, new figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that 963 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in England and Wales in the week leading up to March 19.
This is the lowest since the week ended October 16, and for the first time since the week ended October 23, the weekly death toll has fallen below a thousand.
The number is 36% lower than the previous week, with roughly one in 11 (9.3%) of all deaths recorded in the past week mentioning the coronavirus on their death certificate.
A total of 10,311 deaths were recorded in the week ended March 12, 8.0% below the average for the corresponding period in 2015-19.
It’s the second straight week that the total number of deaths has been below the five-year average.
In the last two weeks, the last death in the week ending September 4th was below average.