Coronavirus UK Updates: Covid deaths in England and Wales still rising in mid-November

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Covid deaths in England and Wales still rising in mid-November
Coronavirus UK Updates: Covid deaths in England and Wales still rising in mid-November

From my colleagues Niamh McIntyre and Tobi Thomas

The number of Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales continued to increase in the week ending 20 November, new ONS data shows.

There were 2,697 deaths due to coronavirus in week 47, up 9% on the previous week. The number of Covid deaths recorded has increased every week since early September.

However, the rate of the increase appears to be slowing, down from a 27% increase between week 45 and week 46.

Excess deaths – the number of deaths above the average for that week – remained higher than usual in hospitals, care homes and private homes. However, deaths in other locations were below the five-year average in week 47.

In Wales, there was a 17.4% increase of deaths involving coronavirus, with 223 deaths reported.

The north-west of England continues to have the largest number of coronavirus deaths, with the highest proportion of deaths seen in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The total Covid-19 death toll across England and Wales – including deaths registered after 20 November – now stands at 65,006.

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