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Highest total of weekly COVID-related deaths recorded in England and Wales since March

Written by on 24/08/2021

The highest total of weekly coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in England and Wales since March, latest figures show.

There were 571 deaths registered in the week ending on 13 August, according to the Office for National Statistics – an increase of 8% on the previous week.

This is the highest number since 719 fatalities were recorded in the week to 26 March.

About 5.5% – one in 18 – of all deaths registered in the week ending on 13 August mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate.

During the previous week, 527 fatalities were recorded.

There have been a total of 156,958 deaths in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number on a single day was 1,484 on 19 January, while it peaked at 1,461 during the first wave.

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In England and Wales, figures show there were 57 deaths involving care home residents where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate during the week to 13 August.

A total of 42,805 care home residents in England and Wales have had COVID-19 recorded on their death certificate since the start of the pandemic.

 Sky News

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