Covid was the THIRD leading cause of death in England in September – and only heart disease and dementia killed more, official data shows

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  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show coronavirus was behind 2,955 deaths in England last month
  • The virus made up 6.6 percent of all deaths during the month, an increase from the previous month (5.3 percent).
  • Overall, 44,474 people died in the country – 7,215 deaths (17.4 percent) higher than the five-year average.

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Covid was the third leading cause of death in England last month – more than just heart disease and dementia, official figures showed today.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the coronavirus was behind 2,955 deaths nationwide in September – nearly 100 per day.

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The virus accounted for 6.6 percent of all deaths during the month, up from August (5.3 percent), when it was also the third highest cause of death. Only dementia (4,976 deaths) and heart disease (4,424) took more lives during September.

Overall, 44,474 people died in the country – 7,215 deaths (17.4 percent) higher than the five-year average for the month.

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It comes as fear mounts around a sluggish booster vaccine roll-out, with concerns an imminent fourth wave will force ministers to bring back face masks and work from home.

Daily infections breached 50,000 for the first time in three months yesterday as Boris Johnson issued a desperate plea for more Britons to come forward for his boosters to ‘strengthen’ people’s defenses against the virus.

Covid was the third leading cause of death in England last month, with only heart disease and dementia killing more people, official figures showed today

Only dementia (4,976 deaths) and heart disease (4,424) took more lives during September.  The graph shows: standardized death rates per 100,000 age for various causes of death in September

Only dementia (4,976 deaths) and heart disease (4,424) took more lives during September. The graph shows: standardized death rates per 100,000 age for various causes of death in September

Between August and September, the death rate due to Kovid increased.  The above graph shows the Covid mortality rates for England (dark blue bar) and Wales (light blue bar).

Between August and September, the death rate due to Kovid increased. The above graph shows the Covid mortality rates for England (dark blue bar) and Wales (light blue bar).

Overall, 44,474 people died in the country - 7,215 deaths (17.4 percent) higher than the five-year average for the month.  The graph shows: death rates each September since 2001

Overall, 44,474 people died in the country – 7,215 deaths (17.4 percent) higher than the five-year average for the month. The graph shows: death rates each September since 2001

School closes early half-time after rise in Covid cases

A secondary school closed for half-time two days ago following rising Covid cases among students and staff.

Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth, Hampshire, closed its doors on Thursday after 161 students were absent, as well as 17 staff absent, mostly because of Covid.

A statement on the school’s website read: ‘It is with regret that we have had to make the decision to close school for the majority of students for the next two days and to move to online distance learning instead of this two-day period.

“In the last two weeks we have had an increasing number of both students and staff testing positive for Covid-19.

‘To mitigate against this, we have increased sanitation and hygiene procedures, encouraged regular testing by all and brought back the use of face masks in communal areas.

‘However, these measures have not been as effective as we would have liked and in the last three days, the cases of covid have increased rapidly.’

It continues: ‘With half term approaching we hoped we would be able to manage by Friday and a break of more than half would curb the outbreak within the school.

‘While due to the figures mentioned above which are still increasing, we do not believe it is safe to keep students in a school with our reduced staff which makes it difficult to maintain high standards of education and safety within our school .’

Distance learning will be provided for the students during the bandh, the statement said.

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Taking into account the size and age structure of the population, the age-standardized mortality rate (ASMR) for Covid deaths in England (64.4 deaths per 100,000) increased significantly for the third month in a row.

In England, two of the 10 leading causes of death were significantly below the five-year average (2015 to 2019) and four of the 10 leading causes had no significant difference from the five-year average.

The ONS said: ‘As seen in previous months, the mortality rate for root-cause deaths of influenza and pneumonia in September 2021 was lower than the September five-year average (23.9 per cent lower).

‘This may be because people continue to follow coronavirus guidelines, such as social distancing, to reduce the spread of flu-like infections.’

Including all Covid-related deaths, the total number of virus-related deaths in England during the month reaches 3,432, the ONS…

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