The number of excess deaths that have occurred in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has now passed 35,000.
Excess deaths are the number of deaths that are above the average for the corresponding period in the previous five years.
There were 35,631 excess deaths in homes in England and Wales registered between March 7 and November 27, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Of this total, 3,205 – 9% – were deaths involving Covid-19.
Any death involving Covid-19 is counted as an excess death because Covid-19 did not exist before this year.
– Highest weekly death toll since middle of May
A total of 3,040 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending November 27 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending May 15.
It is also up from 2,697 deaths in the week to November 20 – a jump of 13%.
Nearly a quarter (24.4%) of all deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to November 27 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.