Covid behind just one in 60 deaths in England and Wales as the number of victims falls by more than a third in a week – and flu and pneumonia are now causing TWICE as many fatalities, ONS data shows

  • Office for National Statistics data show 129 Covid deaths in week up to May 7 in lowest total for eight months
  • All-cause deaths in England were 20.2 per cent lower than the five-year average as virus continues fade away
  • More people are dying of flu and pneumonia now and weekly death toll is 99% lower than second wave peak

By JOE DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE

18 May 2021

Covid deaths last week fell by 37 per cent in a week in England and Wales to the lowest number in eight months, data has shown.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released today show there were 129 deaths with Covid on the certificate in the week ending May 7 and the virus accounted for just one in every 63 deaths (1.6 per cent).

ONS statisticians warned the number was significantly lower because of the bank holiday weekend but it shows that deaths were lower than at any point since September and are down 99 per cent from the peak of the second wave. 

Professor Kevin McConway, a statistician at the Open University, said the figure ‘continues the good news that we’ve seen for many weeks now’.

Some 94 of the 129 Covid deaths in England and Wales were caused by the disease – with the others having the virus alongside something else that killed them – and this was less than half of the 247 deaths caused by flu and pneumonia.

The number of total deaths for the week was 7,412 in England — 20.2 per cent below the five-year average for this time of year. There were 560 total deaths in Wales, 10.3 per cent lower than the national average for that week in the country. 

The ONS report is the latest in a long line of evidence that the virus has been all but flattened in the UK, with the Department of Health in the past fortnight recording fewer cases and deaths than at any time since September. There are fears the Indian variant will trigger a resurgence of the virus but this doesn’t yet show in data.Some 94 of the 129 Covid deaths in England and Wales were caused by the disease – with the others having the virus alongside something else that killed them – and this was less than half of the 247 deaths caused by flu and pneumonia

Some 94 of the 129 Covid deaths in England and Wales were caused by the disease – with the others having the virus alongside something else that killed them – and this was less than half of the 247 deaths caused by flu and pneumoniaCovid deaths fell by 37 per cent in a week in England and Wales to the lowest number since the week ending September 11, Office for National Statistics data has shows

Covid deaths fell by 37 per cent in a week in England and Wales to the lowest number since the week ending September 11, Office for National Statistics data has showsThe number of total deaths for the week was 7,412 in England in the week ending May 7 — 20.2 per cent below the five-year average for this time of year

The number of total deaths for the week was 7,412 in England in the week ending May 7 — 20.2 per cent below the five-year average for this time of year Deaths were continuing to fall or were flat at close to zero in all regions of England, the ONS report showed

Deaths were continuing to fall or were flat at close to zero in all regions of England, the ONS report showed

A total of 152,919 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number of deaths to occur on a single day was 1,477 on January 19. During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8 2020. 

JUST 15 COVID DEATHS IN CARE HOMES IN FIRST WEEK OF MAY 

Care home resident deaths with Covid more than halved in the week to May 7.

The number of residents who died with the virus blamed on their death certificate fell from 35 to 15.

This was 167 times lower than the one-week peak, with the number of care home deaths in the second wave peaking at 2,505 in the week to January 29.

The number of all-cause deaths in care homes fell by 17.1 per cent from 2,019 to 1,674 in the week ending May 7.

Office for National Statistics data released today show care home deaths were a third lower than the five-year average for the week (2,492).

People aged 80 to 84 years saw the biggest fall in deaths involving Covid, with 17 fewer deaths. The figures add to the litany of data indicating the success of the vaccine roll-out. 

But some 52.7 per cent of the Covid deaths were still in people aged 75 and over.

London saw the highest Covid deaths in the week (27), while the North East had the lowest (three).

Some 87 of the 129 Covid deaths occurred in hospital, down from 133 out of 205 during the previous week. 

The ONS warned the drastic fall in total deaths and drop-off compared to the five-year average may have been influenced by the May bank holiday. 

It said: ‘The number of deaths was 19.7 per cent below the five-year average (1,955 deaths fewer). 

‘The Early May Day Bank Holiday appears in different weeks depending on the year. 

‘It was in Week 18 in 2016 and 2017, whereas it was in Week 19 in 2015, 2018 and 2019. 

‘Comparisons with the five-year average should be treated with caution for Weeks 18 and 19.’

Separate ONS data released today show care home resident deaths with Covid more than halved in the week ending May 7.

The number of care home residents who died with the virus on their death certificate fell from 35 to 15.

Covid deaths in care homes this year peaked at the end of January with 2,505 weekly fatalities — 167 times higher than the most recent figure.

The number of total deaths in care home fell by 17.1 per cent from 2,019 to 1,674 in the same week.

Care home deaths were a third lower than the five-year average for the week (2,492). +8

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