Coronavirus UK: COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales rise for fifth week in a row

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The number of deaths involving Covid-19 registered in England and Wales has risen for the fifth week in a row.

A total of 438 deaths registered in the week ending 9 October mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is up from 321 deaths in the week to 2 October.

It is the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending 3 July.

Just over 59,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.

Figures published on Tuesday by the ONS show 53,863 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to 9 October, and had been registered by 17 October.

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