Coronavirus deaths in Wales ROSE this month for the first time since April – but deaths from all causes are below average for a THIRD week in a row, official statistics show
- Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales now at their lowest level since March 13
- Weekly deaths continue to fall in all English regions but rose in Wales
- Number of people dying in their own homes remains higher than average
- But hospital and care home deaths from any cause are lower than usual
The number of people dying of coronavirus rose in Wales for the first time since April in the first week of July, official statistics show.
A total of 30 people died with Covid-19 in the week from June 27 to July 3, according to Office for National Statistics data, up from 26 a week earlier.
Deaths continued to fall in all regions of England during that week, suggesting the Covid-19 outbreak may have stopped shrinking in Wales.
The country has, however, recorded significantly fewer deaths than all English regions but two.
For England and Wales as a whole, however, the number of people dying of all causes has now been below average for three weeks in a row.
In the most recent week for which data are available, coronavirus-specific deaths hit their lowest level since mid-March, with 381 people dying.
Hospital and care home deaths are lower than would normally be expected at this time of year, but deaths in people’s own homes remain higher – by 755 in the first week of July.
The number of Covid-19 deaths registered each week – by when they were counted rather than when they actually happened – has also fallen to its lowest level for almost three months.
According to the data from the ONS, the number of deaths registered in England and Wales involving Covid-19 in the week ending July 3 was 532.
It is the lowest number of deaths linked to the virus in the last 15 weeks, the ONS said.
The report said: ‘The number of death registrations involving the coronavirus (Covid-19) decreased from 606 in Week 26 to 532 in Week 27, the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths registered since Week 12, week ending March 20, when 103 deaths involved Covid-19.
‘Of all deaths registered in Week 27, 5.8% mentioned Covid-19, down from 6.7% in Week 26.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures on March 23 and in that week 539 deaths involving coronavirus were registered, according to ONS figures.
More than 50,548 deaths involving Covid-19 have been recorded in England and Wales during the outbreak, with the virus the main reason for deaths increasing above what would normally be expected for this period, the ONS said.
The number of deaths involving coronavirus in care homes in England that were registered by July 3 was 14,332, it added.