Number of coronavirus deaths has risen by a third in seven days

Number of coronavirus deaths has risen by a third in seven days

The number of weekly registered coronavirus deaths has risen beyond 400 and increased by a third in the space of seven days, official figures show.

Some 438 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus” were registered in England and Wales in the week ending October 9, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

This is a rise of 36% (117 deaths) from the previous week – which saw the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since early July.

The ONS figures show that, since the week ending September 4, registered coronavirus deaths have been roughly doubling every fortnight.

The number of Covid-19 registered deaths increased in Wales and in all English regions except the East and the South East.

The North West saw the largest number of coronavirus deaths registered – 153, or 35% of the total, and the largest weekly increase (47 deaths).

It is the highest number for the region since the week ending June 12, according to the ONS.

In north-east England, 60 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to October 9, which again is the highest for the region since the week to June 12.

In London, the South East, the South West and the East, the overall number of deaths was below the average over five years for this period.

Of the 438 deaths, the majority occurred in hospitals (342), with 63 taking place in care homes, 28 at home, three in hospices and two elsewhere.

So far this year, 34,174 deaths involving coronavirus have occurred in hospitals, 15,712 in care homes, 2,561 in private homes, 761 in hospices, 227 in other communal establishments and 205 elsewhere.

Tuesday’s figures show that just over 59,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.

Some 53,863 deaths involving Covid-19 have occurred in England and Wales up to October 9, and were registered by October 17.

Figures published last week by the National Records of Scotland showed that 4,301 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to October 11, while 915 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to October 9 (and had been registered up to October 14), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 59,079 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

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