Coronavirus deaths up 53% in a week – but still only account for 6.4% of all fatalities

COVID-19 deaths have increased by 53 per cent in a week – but the illness still only accounts for 6.4 per cent of fatalities, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

Figures show that the number of weekly registered coronavirus deaths was 670 in the week ending October 16 – this is up from 438 deaths in the week to October 9.

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The graph above shows that deaths involving Covid-19 have increased for the sixth week in a row[/caption]

This is the sixth week in a row that deaths from the coronavirus have rise in England and Wales.

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

At the peak of the pandemic on April 8, there were 975 deaths recorded in England.

In Wales there were 42, Scotland 52 and in Northern Ireland there were four.

At the peak of the pandemic in April there were around 6,000 infections per day.

At this point testing had not been at the scale it is today – where 200,000 swabs are being carried out daily.


The graph above highlights the deaths in the UK that involved Covid in green, the blue bars are for all deaths [/caption]


In April around 15,000 people were being swabbed daily and these were limited to people who were presenting with severe illness.

Infections are rising in the UK – but deaths are not rising at the same rate – this could be due to a lag in data.

Yesterday it was reported that 102 more lives were lost across the UK as the country battles a second wave of Covid – 35 per cent lower than last Monday’s death toll, 159.

Over the last week in England, the ONS states that Covid deaths have accounted for just 6.3 per cent of deaths.

This is in comparison to 18.4 per cent of deaths which mentioned flu, pneumonia, Covid-19 or both.

Age matters

Looking at the age of people who have died in the last week and the ONS states that the biggest increase was seen in those aged 90 years and over in the last week.

This has increased from 47 in the previous week to 132 deaths.

The report states: “The number of deaths involving Covid-19 remained higher in the older age groups, with those aged 75 years and over accounting for the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 (74.6 per cent).”


Graph above shows that deaths were higher in men than in women [/caption]

It also stated that for most age groups, there had been more deaths involving Covid-19 in men compared to women.

From week one to week 42 of 2020, the ONS stated that 52 per cent of all deaths involving Covid were in males.

It added: “However, there were more deaths in females aged 85 years and over (12,330) than males aged 85 years and over (10,505).”

The report stated that this could be due to the fact that the population of women over the age of 55 is larger than that of men in the same age group.

Regional breakdown

Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased week-on-week in every region of England in the week to October 16.

North-west England had 229 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending October 16 – the highest number for the region since the week ending June 5, according to the ONS.

In north-east England, 93 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to October 16, which is also the highest since the week to June 5.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, 87 deaths were registered: the highest since the week to June 19.


The graph above shows the break down of deaths across each region in the UK [/caption]

Th report stated that deaths registered in week 42 were higher than the five-year average in every English region except the South East – where it was 3.9 per cent lower.

In Wales it was 9.2 per cent above the five-year average.

The report also stated that 75 per cent of deaths had been in hospital.

The data from the ONS today comes after it was revealed that millions of Brits are still at risk of catching coronavirus – even if they’ve already had it.

Scientists at Imperial College London said immunity to the bug is “waning” as they noted a 26 per cent drop in positive antibody tests in three months.

They predict just 4.4 per cent of people had detectable antibodies to Sars-Cov-2 at the start of the second spike in early September.

The study suggests that immunity to coronavirus may only last a few months, putting millions at risk of catching it again in any second wave.


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