Coronavirus: Excess deaths involving COVID-19 rise for fourth week in a row

The number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales has risen for the fourth consecutive week, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said a total of 321 coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the week ending 2 October.

It is the highest figure since the week ending 10 July.

And it is an increase from 215 deaths in the week to 25 September.

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In the week before that there were 139 COVID-19-related deaths registered, and before that it was 99.

Just over 58,500 coronavirus-related deaths have now been registered in the UK.

The data includes death certificates where COVID-19 had been mentioned and includes suspected cases.

A total of 106 deaths were registered in the north-west of England in the week ending 2 October.

This is the highest number for the region since the week ending 26 June, the ONS data showed.

North-east England had 40 deaths – the highest for the area since the week to 12 June.

In fact there was a week-on-week rise in all but two regions of England, with the West Midlands and the south-west of the country the only exceptions.

In Wales the weekly total increased from 12 to 25.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a new three-tier lockdown system for England yesterday, with areas given “medium”, “high” and “very high” coronavirus alert levels.

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