- Office for National Statistics data showed it was the third leading cause of death in England during August
- This was its highest rank since March when the country was emerging from a brutal second wave.
- Official data showed that Covid caused more deaths last month than both flu and lung cancer
Official figures showed today, Covid was the third leading cause of death in England last month after the country lifted all restrictions.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the virus was behind 2,162 deaths in August, the equivalent of about 70 per day. This was more than double the number recorded in July, when it was the ninth largest killer.
Only dementia (4,417) and heart disease (3,982) took more lives last month.
This means that Covid has now reached its highest rank for monthly fatalities since March, when a brutal second wave was looming.
Last month there were 40,460 deaths from all causes in England, a tenth higher than the five-year average of the last month of summer. Kovid was behind 5.3 percent of the deaths.
A separate ONS report published today found a nearly one-third increase in coronavirus deaths in the second week of September. The virus was mentioned on 857 death certificates in the week till September 10, up from 659 in the last seven days.
but government agency said the surge was dampened by the August bank holiday, which had seen low registrations in the past week. But there was a slight increase in the reported deaths over the time frame.
It comes amid fears that Britain’s Covid cases could start to rise again, in a sign the projected wave of infections could materialize as schools and workers head back to office.
If the upward trend in cases is real, hospitalizations and deaths are likely in the coming weeks.
Boris Johnson unveiled his winter plan last week to try to keep the virus at bay during the cold months and prevent the country from returning to another lockdown. Ministers hope booster vaccines for those over 50 and jabbing for those over 12 will help keep the lid on Covid and prevent the NHS from facing unsustainable pressure.
The above graph shows the rank of Covid in terms of deaths in England since July last year. This suggests that the virus peaked at number one between November and February during the second wave. It is now on the rise again, and was the third leading cause of death in August
Official figures showed today, Covid has become the third leading cause of death in England. He revealed that there were 2,162 deaths in August, referring to the virus. Only dementia (4,417 deaths) and heart disease (3,982) led to more deaths. Lung cancer caused 2,150 deaths
The Office for National Statistics released a separate report today showing that weekly deaths due to Covid had increased by almost a third in a week. He said there had been 857 deaths that mentioned the virus, but pointed out that a sharp increase was likely due to the early September bank holiday, which delayed the reporting of the figures.
The death rate due to Kovid increased between July and August. The above graph shows the COVID mortality rates for England (dark blue bar) and Wales (light blue bar).
The graph above shows the number of deaths due to COVID (green line) and total deaths (dark blue line) in England. This is reduced to September as it takes at least a week for a death to be formally registered, and then for statisticians to note the date on which it occurred.
The graph above shows death rates by year in England (blue line) and Wales (dotted blue line) for the period January to August. This shows that the death rate in both countries is lower than in 2020, but it is still higher than in 2019
The ONS report showed that there were 294 more deaths in August, which mentioned Covid but did not record it as the underlying cause of death.
This means that, in total, there were 2,456 death certificates that contained the virus, or six per cent of the total number of fatalities.
The North West recorded the most deaths due to Covid (376) last month, followed by London (320) and Yorkshire and the Humber (300).
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that office workers, bankers, teachers and other occupations had the highest case rates this summer.
Its report also found that for the first time in the pandemic, white people had higher infection rates per population size than ethnic minorities.
Figures show that the campaign to get people back to work after the winter lockdown fueled the spread of the ultra-transmissible Delta variant, which was first introduced in the country in late April.
Between May 23 and July 25, there were 235 confirmed cases among white people per 100,000 person-weeks. For comparison, this figure was as low as 98 per 100,000 in other ethnic minority communities.
During the second wave that began last September, cases were highest among Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian and black adults.
On the other hand, South West recorded the lowest number of Covid deaths (148), followed by East of England (167) and North East (171).
Each region recorded more Covid deaths in August as compared to the previous month.
There were 70 deaths due to Covid reported in Wales in August, more than double the 33 recorded in the previous month.
Covid was also the seventh leading cause of death in the country, up from 22 in the previous month.
Separate weekly data showed that Covid deaths had increased by almost a third week-on-week, but the ONS said it was likely a bank holiday on August 30 that would affect the number of registrations.
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