- Covid contributed to 1,049 deaths in the UK in the week to 17 September, the highest in six months
- And the figure is 5.3 percent higher than a week ago, when 996 deaths in Britain were linked to the virus.
- But there was a slight decline in England, which sent children back to school later than in other parts of Britain.
- And Covid deaths remained flat in Wales and Northern Ireland, where only one or two more deaths were recorded
- Virus deaths in Scotland fueled the rise, rising 78.1 percent from 78 to 135 in just one week
Weekly Covid deaths in the UK exceeded 1,000 in mid-September for the first time since March, official figures revealed today.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows that the coronavirus caused 1,049 fatalities in the seven days till September 17, up 5 per cent in the previous week.
This was the highest weekly toll since the week ending March 12 (1,637), when a devastating second wave began to subside. This figure includes any death with COVID as mentioned on the death certificate, including cases where it was not the main cause of death.
Meanwhile, official figures also showed that there have been more than 70,000 additional deaths at home in both England and Wales since the pandemic began.
Despite a slight increase in COVID deaths for the UK as a whole, the number of fatalities recorded in England and Wales (851) declined slightly. But it was lower than last week’s count (857), which was higher than normal due to delays in recording deaths on the August bank holiday, which had fallen within a span of the previous seven days.
The UK-wide increase was fueled by Scotland, which saw an 80 per cent increase in the number of deaths. It faced an explosion in Covid cases after schools returned in mid-August.
Deaths lag behind cases by several weeks because it takes time for someone to become seriously unwell after catching the virus.
The rest of the UK did not send students back until early September. But now divergent figures suggest the reopening of classes in England could finally trigger another Covid wave.
The Department of Health shows that the infection rate among youth has been increasing for a fortnight, due to children returning to classes at the beginning of the month. But rates are trending upward in 35- to 39-year-olds, 40- to 44-year-olds, and 45 to 50-year-olds, suggesting that children may have carried the virus to their parents’ home.
SAGE, the government’s scientific advisers, had always warned that a fourth wave was inevitable, but when the country would peak in infections, hospitalizations and deaths and how high the numbers would be is unclear.
But the success of the vaccine rollout is expected to quell a new wave, with experts saying Britain is in a much better position than it was last winter.
Ministers have vowed not to implement tough restrictions – such as the return of face masks indoors and guidance from home – unless the NHS comes under unbearable pressure.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the UK’s weekly Covid death toll exceeded 1,000 for the first time since March. The virus contributed to 1,049 deaths in four countries in the seven days leading up to September 17, the highest number in six months and a 5.3 percent increase from the previous week.
Health department officials recorded 37,960 positive tests as compared to 36,100 on last Monday. This marks the tenth day in a row that infections have increased from week to week.
40 more deaths were also posted, compared to 49 lab-confirmed victims registered a week ago
More than 70,000 additional deaths at home in England and Wales since pandemic began
New analysis shows there have been more than 70,000 additional deaths in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The excess deaths – known as ‘excess deaths’ – are the number of deaths higher than the average for the same period in the non-pandemic years of 2015-19.
According to a PA news agency analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, a total of 70,602 additional deaths in homes in England and Wales were recorded between 7 March 2020 and 17 September 2021.
Of this number, only 8,423 – or 12 per cent – were deaths involving Covid.
Statistics show that there are still many more people than usual who are dying in their own homes.
Private household deaths have consistently been well above the 2015-19 average since April 2020.
Even during recent months, when almost all lockdown restrictions have been eased across the country, more deaths in homes have typically been running between 700 and 900 per week.
England and Wales have recorded more than 8,200 deaths in private homes since the beginning of July.
This compares to about 2,300 additional deaths in hospitals and about 1,000 deaths in care homes over the same period.
The UK-wide figure from the ONS is the first time the Covid death toll has exceeded 1,000 since the week ending 19 March, when the virus was mentioned on 1,046 death certificates, accounting for nine per cent of all deaths.
A week before the most recent figures, in the seven days leading up to 10 September, medics linked 996 of the UK’s 12,527 deaths to the virus (eight per cent).
Data shows that recorded Covid deaths in the UK have risen for the 14th consecutive week, falling to 93 in the seven days as of 11 June.
But the proportion of death certificates mentioning Covid was the lowest in England at 7.6 per cent (783 Covid deaths).
Meanwhile, 9.9 percent of all deaths in Wales were lined with the virus (66 deaths), while the figure was highest in Northern Ireland, 16.8 percent (63 deaths), and Scotland (10.7 percent, 135 deaths).
The majority of coronavirus deaths occurred in those over 65 (80.6 percent), and those under 30 were recorded among 45.
Scotland experienced a record-high infection rate earlier this month after schools…