Covid weekly deaths return to levels last seen in March

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The weekly number of deaths from Covid-19 has risen to nearly 1,000 per week – similar to the levels last seen in March.

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According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, as of 5 November there were 995 deaths referring to the coronavirus in England and Wales.

This was up from the 859 deaths reported in the previous week, and 8.6 per cent of all deaths.


The last time over 900 deaths were reported was in the week ending March 19.

Across Britain, the number of deaths recorded in the latest week stood at 13,209. This is 1,943 more than the five-year average of deaths with 1,194 over Covid-19 deaths compared to the previous week.

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Virus deaths have increased over the past four weeks, but are significantly lower than those recorded during the second wave.

At its peak, nearly 8,433 deaths linked to the coronavirus were recorded in the week to January 22.

The highest number in a single day was 1,484 on 19 January.

Boris Johnson has urged people to get their COVID booster jabs on after government scientists approved plans to include people over the age of 40 in the rollout.

He also warned of “a blizzard from the east” that could derail his hopes for a Christmas freed from coronavirus restrictions. This was a reference to rising infections in Europe, although the UK still has more Covid cases than most European countries.

bbc radio 4’s speaking Today On Tuesday at the programme, NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the NHS was facing “really significant pressure”.

She said: “We’ve now seen half a million people in hospital with COVID, and certainly at the same time launched the fastest and largest vaccination program in our history.

“But we are facing really significant pressures. Yesterday there were 6,864 patients in the hospital with COVID. We have seen an uptick in demand for urgent emergency care services – the most recent data we published last week tells the story. Stated clearly: Highest- Number of 999 calls in a month and over 1.4 million people treated in A&E departments. Colleagues are paying really critical attention to recover services affected by COVID – EXCLUSIVE regularly dealing with the backlog; and we’re maintaining that vaccination schedule.

“Secondly there is pressure on social care and it has an impact on us – thousands of patients in the hospital need social care support to go home safely.”

Asked when the NHS will “get back to normal” she said that depends on what happened next with the pandemic and how much demand the healthcare service sees.


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