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Covid deaths rose 8% in England and Wales last week, official data reveals

Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales reach highest level since March as number of victims rises 8%, official data reveals

  • Office for National Statistics data showed 571 people died from Covid in the week to August 13, up 8%
  • But this was the smallest increase in Covid fatalities since late June, about a month before ‘Freedom Day’
  • One in 18 fatalities involved the virus in the same week, the highest proportion since mid-March 

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Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales have reached their highest level since March, according to official data.

Office for National Statistics figures showed 571 people had the virus mentioned on their death certificates in the week to August 13, up eight per cent on the previous seven-day spell.

This was the highest number since the week ending March 26, when the virus was linked to 719 deaths. At this time, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops were not allowed to open in England. 

Latest figures showed Covid was behind one in 18 fatalities last week, which was also the highest proportion since March when the second wave was starting to die down.

But in a glimmer of hope Covid deaths rose by the smallest amount since late June, in a sign the increase in fatalities may be slowing.

Deaths from all causes remained above average for the fifth week in a row. There were 10,300 fatalities from all causes in the latest week, 14 per cent above the number expect at this time of year. 

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