Coronavirus UK Updates: Excess deaths figures

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The number of excess deaths not linked to Covid-19 that have occurred in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has now passed 25,000.

Excess deaths are the number of deaths that are above the average for the corresponding period in the previous five years.

There were 25,183 non-Covid excess deaths in homes in England and Wales registered between March 7 and September 25, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The total number of excess deaths in private homes registered during this period was 27,648.

This includes 2,465 Covid-19 deaths. Any death involving Covid-19 is counted as an excess death, because Covid-19 did not exist before this year.

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