Covid deaths plunge to lowest level since BEFORE first lockdown

Covid deaths in England and Wales plunge to lowest level since BEFORE first lockdown last March: Just 73 virus fatalities occurred last week – and every region except the West Midlands saw ZERO victims on at least day

  • ONS data released today showed weekly coronavirus death occurrences fell to 73 in the week ending May 14
  • The East Midland and South West saw the fewest during the week (both three) while the West Midlands saw 16
  • Influenza and pneumonia now the underlying cause for nearly three times as many weekly deaths as Covid

Weekly Covid deaths have fallen to their lowest level since before the first lockdown last year in England and Wales, official data has revealed.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released today showed weekly Covid death occurrences fell to 73 in the week ending May 14 — the lowest level the week ending March 13, 2020 (44).

Weekly Covid registered deaths increased slightly from 129 to 151 from the week ending May 7 to the most recent week but this came as a result of the bank holiday weekend at the start of the month.

Every region in England saw zero Covid deaths on at least one day during the week other than the West Midlands — and no area saw more than five per day.

The East Midland and South West saw the fewest during the week (both three) while the West Midlands saw 16 over the same period.

The figures also show influenza and pneumonia are now the underlying cause for nearly three times as many weekly deaths (287) as Covid (108).

Weekly Covid deaths have fallen to their lowest level since before the first lockdown last year in England and Wales, official data has revealed. Pictured: Weekly Covid registered deaths increased slightly from 129 to 151 from the week ending May 7 to the most recent week but this came as a result of the bank holiday weekend at the start of the month

The figures also show influenza and pneumonia are now the underlying cause for nearly three times as many weekly deaths (287) as Covid (108)

Some 30 care home resident deaths involving Covid in England and Wales were registered in the week to May 14, double the number for the previous week.

The week-on-week change will have been affected by the bank holiday on May 3, when registry offices were likely to be closed, the ONS said.

In total, 42,461 care home residents in England and Wales have had Covid recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.

The ONS figures cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just in care homes.

A total of 153,093 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number of deaths to occur on a single day was 1,477 on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8 2020.

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