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England Records Highest Weekly Number of Deaths Since 1993

England Records Highest Weekly Number of Deaths Since 1993

Published by Matthew Pells at 11:44am 28th April 2020. (Updated at 11:57am 28th April 2020)

The Office for National Statistics has released it's latest weekly death figure for the UK, here is a summary of their key findings.

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 17 April 2020 (Week 16) was 22,351; this represents an increase of 3,835 deaths registered compared with the previous week and 11,854 more than the five-year average; this is the highest weekly total recorded since comparable figures begin in 1993.
  • Of the deaths registered in Week 16, 8,758 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 39.2% of all deaths; this compares with 6,213 (33.6% of all deaths) in Week 15.
  • In London, over half (55.5%) of deaths registered in Week 16 involved COVID-19; the North West and North East also had a high proportion of COVID-19 deaths, accounting for 42.3% and 41.1% respectively of deaths registered in these regions.
  • In Yorkshire and the Humber There were 1,960 deaths in week 16 with 690 of them (35%) involving COVID-19.
  • Of deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to Week 16, 77.4% (14,796 deaths) occurred in hospital with the remainder occurring in care homes, private homes and hospices.
  • The number of overall deaths in care homes for Week 16 was 7,316; this is 2,389 higher than Week 15, almost double the number in Week 14 and almost triple the number in Week 13.

CHART : Number of deaths registered by week, England and Wales, 28 December 2019 to 17 April 2020

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased, while the number of deaths from “Influenza and Pneumonia” decreased compared with the previous week

 

In Week 16 (week ending 17 April 2020), there were no deaths registered involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the youngest age group (that is, those aged 1 year or under). The highest number (3,413) of COVID-19 deaths were among those aged 85 years and over, however, the highest proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 out of all causes was among those aged 65 to 74 years (42.7%).

CHART : Deaths by age group, England and Wales, week ending 17 April 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 were registered in all age groups apart from those aged under 1 year

 

The region with the largest number and proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 was London with 1,818 deaths, making up 55.5% of all London deaths and 20.8% of all COVID-19 deaths.

CHART: Deaths by regions in England, and Wales, week ending 17 April 2020

The highest number of deaths involving COVID-19 was recorded in London, while the lowest number was in Wales
 

In each age group, except those aged 1 to 14 years, there have been more deaths involving COVID-19 in males than in females.

There were two female deaths in the 1 to 14 years age group but no males.

The largest difference was in the 75 to 84 years age group where there were 4,063 deaths involving COVID-19 in males and 2,434 in females.

The year-to-date analysis shows that, of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) up to  17 April 2020 , 77.4% (14,796 deaths) occurred in hospital, with the remainder occurring in care homes (3,096 deaths), private homes (883 deaths) and hospices (190 deaths).

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