Covid-19 deaths above 1,000 per week for first time since June

10 November 2020, 16:06

The total is up from 978 deaths in the week to October 23 which is a jump of 41%.
The total is up from 978 deaths in the week to October 23 which is a jump of 41%. Picture: PA

By Matt Drake

Coronavirus deaths have reached above 1,000 a week for the first time since June - a jump of 41 per cent on the previous week.

A total of 1,379 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending October 30 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is first time the weekly figure has been above 1,000 since the week ending June 12.

It is also the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending June 5.

The total is up from 978 deaths in the week to October 23 which is a jump of 41%.

Just over 65,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, according to the latest available figures.

A total of 61,498 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to reports published last week by the Office for National Statistics, the National Records of Scotland, and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

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This breaks down as 55,796 deaths in England and Wales up to October 23 (and registered by October 31); 4,649 deaths in Scotland registered up to November 1; and 1,053 deaths in Northern Ireland up to October 30 (and registered by November 4).

But since these figures were compiled, a further 3,526 deaths are known to have occurred in the UK, according to additional data published on the Government's coronavirus dashboard.

In England, 3,191 deaths are known to have taken place between October 24 and November 7, and in Wales 209 occurred between October 24 and November 6.

In Scotland, 77 deaths occurred between November 2 and 7, while in Northern Ireland 49 deaths took place between October 31 and November 5.

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When all these totals are added together, it means that so far 65,024 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.

All figures are based on the most recent update of the coronavirus dashboard, which took place on Sunday afternoon.

The Government's preferred measure of the official death toll, which counts only those people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, currently stands at 49,044.

This particular measure is likely to pass 50,000 later this week.

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