The amount of registered weekly deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has fallen for the first time in three months, new figures show.
There were 2,835 deaths registered in the week ending December 4 where “novel coronavirus” was mentioned on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
This is a fall of 205 deaths from the previous week, and the first weekly drop since the week ending September 4.
The latest data covers the seven-day period during which the four-week national lockdown was lifted on December 2.
The biggest decrease in deaths involving coronavirus was seen in those aged 80 to 84, with 60 fewer deaths compared with the previous week.
Deaths involving coronavirus fell in all English regions except the West Midlands, the East and London.
– Excess deaths pass 36,000 in England and Wales
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 36,000.
Excess deaths are the number of deaths that are above the average for the corresponding period in the previous five years.
According to the Office of National Statistics, there were 36,369 excess deaths between March 7 and December 4.