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Every region of England saw ZERO Covid deaths at least once during the final week of April

Every region of England saw ZERO Covid deaths at least once during the final week of April as weekly virus fatality toll HALVES in a month to 205 – the lowest since September

  • Office for National Statistics data showed 205 Covid fatalities were registered in the seven days to April 30
  • For comparison, there were 400 cases where the virus was mentioned on death certificates this month
  • Deaths from all causes remained below the number expected at this time of year for the eighth week in a row 

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Every region in England saw zero Covid deaths at least once in the final week of April, official figures revealed today.

Office for National Statistics data showed 205 fatalities had the virus mentioned on their death certificates in England and Wales over the seven days to April 30, half the more than 400 at the start of the month.

Only 140 listed Covid as the underlying cause of death, less than half the 300 that were blamed on flu and pneumonia. Fatalities from the common illnesses overtook those down to Covid in the penultimate week of April for the first time since the second wave took off.

Daily occurrences suggested just 104 Covid deaths registered actually happened in the final week of April, but statisticians warn this number is likely to rise next week as more fatalities are registered. It can take more than two weeks to process the necessary paperwork to record a fatality. 

Deaths from all causes – including dementia, heart disease and Covid – remained below the five-year average for the number expected at this time of year for the eighth week in a row.

The promising figures come after England recorded no deaths due to the virus yesterday for the first time since July, and as the burgeoning vaccination drive inoculates two in three Britons, or 35.4million people. 

Experts say the jabs are now doing much of the heavy lifting in driving down Covid fatalities, although they add curbs on movements are also helping to keep the disease at bay by strangling the spread of the virus.

Boris Johnson confirmed England would steam ahead with its next stage of lockdown easing yesterday, which will see bars and restaurants serve indoors again, larger gatherings permitted, and holidays abroad restart.

But the Prime Minister refused to be drawn on whether he would speed up plans to relax further restrictions despite reams of positive data showing tumbling cases.

Gloomy SAGE scientists warned in papers published yesterday that Britain would likely face a third wave of Covid hospitalisations and deaths ‘at some point’, although this was unlikely to be as severe as in January 2021. 

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