Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales fall for 13th week in a row

The number of fatalities in England and Wales involving coronavirus has fallen for the 13th consecutive week, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Out of all 8,823 deaths registered in both countries in the week ending July 17, Covid-19 was mentioned on 295 certificates, accounting for 3.3% of all lives lost.

This is a 19.4% decrease from the 366 coronavirus deaths recorded the previous week, accounting for 4.2% of deaths.

It also marks the lowest number of Covid-19 fatalities since the week ending March 20, when 103 deaths were confirmed. According to the ONS a total of 51,264 deaths registered by July 17 were related to coronavirus.

The latest toll is 270 fewer than the five year average of 9,093. The only parts of England to exceed this average last week were the East Midlands by 3% and the West Midlands by 2.7%.

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Deaths were 2.3% below the five year average in the South East, 2.5% lower in south west England, 2.7% lower in eastern England, 3.5% lower in Yorkshire and the Humber.




Fatalities in the week to July 17 were 5.5% lower in north west England, 6.9% below in London, 9.7% lower in north east England and 1.3% below in Wales.

It comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned coronavirus cases had surged by one million in just four days and had doubled in six weeks, with more than 16.5 million cases recorded worldwide.

The agency’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic ‘continues to accelerate’ and said it was ‘easily the most severe’ emergency the agency has faced.

It comes after the UK announced Brits returning from Spain would have to quarantine for 14 days due to a spike in cases.

But the Mediterranean country’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has branded the new rule ‘unjust’ and said the Canary and Balearic Islands as well as the regions of Valencia and Andalusia are safer than Britain.

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