The number of weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales decreased by nearly a third in a week, reaching its lowest level for seven weeks.
But the data also revealed deaths related to Covid-19 in the UK, now just under 50,000.
Official figures show that in the week ending May 22, 2,589 coronavirus deaths were recorded in England and Wales.
This is 32 percent less than the past seven days, with 3,810 deaths involving coronavirus recorded in the week ending May 15.
The US said there were 12,288 deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending May 22 – down 2,285 from the previous week, but still 2,348 more than the five-year average.
There were 1,289 deaths in nursing homes over the seven days, compared to the five-year average, and 24 fewer deaths in hospitals.
In total, the US said there have been 286,759 deaths in England and Wales so far – 51,466 more than the five-year average.
Of the deaths recorded on May 22, 43,837 cited Covid-19 on the death certificate – 15.3 percent of all deaths.
Detailed analysis of non-Covid-19 deaths will be published by the US on Friday.
The proportion of deaths in nursing homes with coronavirus fell below one-third in the week ending May 22.
About 32.5 percent of all nursing home deaths involved Covid-19 over the seven days, compared to 37.2 percent the week before.
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Meanwhile, the number of deaths with Covid-19 in the UK is just under 50,000, according to the latest available data.
US numbers show that 44,401 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales until May 22 (and were recorded until May 30).
The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, released last week, showed that until May 24, 3,779 deaths involving Covid-19 had been recorded in Scotland.
And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, which were also published last week, showed that 716 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered in Northern Ireland until May 27.
Taken together, these figures have so far recorded 48,896 deaths in the UK, where Covid-19 was reported on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
Another 819 hospital patients in England who tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 23 and 31, according to figures published Monday by NHS England – which, together with the total number of 48,896 deaths recorded, indicate the total death toll for the VK is now just over 49,700.