Death rate is BELOW normal in England and Wales for the first time since coronavirus pandemic

NO excess deaths were recorded in England and Wales for the first time since before the coronavirus lockdown, new figures revealed today.

Data from the Office for National Statistics show the number of fatalities registered in the week ending 19 June was 9,339.

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It is 65 deaths fewer than the five-year seasonal average.

Experts said it is the first time weekly mortality has been lower than typical since the week ending March 13.

In both hospitals and care homes the number of deaths fell below the average, with 782 and 49 fewer deaths respectively.

However, there were 827 excess deaths in people's private homes.

Of the 9,339 deaths registered in the week ending June 19, 783 mentioned "novel coronavirus" – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 for 12 weeks.



Four regions in England – the South East, South West, North West and East – registered no excess deaths, while the number of registered deaths in the West Midlands was similar to the five-year average.

The regions where the number of registered deaths was above the five-year average were East Midlands (6.6% higher), Yorkshire and the Humber (3.6%), London (2.3%), north-east England (1.6%) and the West Midlands (0.1%).

In Wales, which recorded no excess deaths for the first time in three months last week, death registrations crept up to 44 deaths higher than than five-year average.

The number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 fell in all regions in England and Wales.

Overall, 31,364 deaths involving coronavirus have taken place in hospitals in England and Wales.

Some 14,658 deaths occurred in care homes, 2,259 in private homes, 684 in hospices, 221 in other communal establishments and 185 elsewhere, the ONS said.

The number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began is just above 65,000, which is broadly unchanged from one week ago.

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Today's figures from the ONS, which show 59,187 deaths above the five-year average in England and Wales between March 21 and June 19, follow figures last week showing the equivalent numbers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The National Records of Scotland found there were 4,917 excess deaths in Scotland between March 16 and June 21, while the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency put the figure for Northern Ireland at 975 excess deaths between March 28 and June 19.

Together, this means the total number of excess deaths in the UK across this period stands at 65,079.

It comes as harsher restrictions are coming into force in Leicester following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

Rising numbers of cases in the East Midlands city – 10 per cent of all positive cases in the country over the past week – mean the planned easing of restrictions on Saturday will not take place, with people have been advised against all but essential travel.

Non-essential shops will be closed in Leicester from today.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said Leicester's seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 – three times that of the next highest city.


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