Coronavirus was responsible for almost half of all death registered during a single week in London where the number of deaths reached a decade-high level.
According to the latest data available, for the week from March 28 to April 3, a total of 2,511 deaths were registered in the capital at a time when the virus was spreading at an alarming rate.
That figure was 1,214 higher than the previous week, with rise accounted for by 1,170 deaths in one week alone which mentioned coronavirus as a factor on the deceased’s death certificate.
That means 46.6 per cent of all deaths recorded that week in London were related to coronavirus, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics this week.
At the time, lockdown measures had only recently been introduced, while the latest death toll data from the NHS shows 3,522 people have now died in London’s hospitals from the virus in London since the outbreak began.
The number of deaths in the week ending on April 3 was also 1,544 more than the five-year average for the same week, more than double the average of 967 deaths.
The weekly total was the highest in London since figures began to be published in 2010. The figures cover the number of deaths registered in each week – there is usually a short delay between a death and it being registered, so the figures for Covid-19 deaths lag behind others from the NHS.
Across England and Wales, 3,475 deaths registered in the week ending April 3 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, up from 539 the week before. Of those around one in 10 deaths (9.8 per cent) were outside of hospital.
Nationally, that represents 21.2 per cent of all deaths registered in the week, further proving London was weeks ahead of the rest of the country in the spread of the disease which has gripped the entire world.
Of the covid-19 deaths registered in England and Wales up to April 3 (4,122), 3,716 were in hospitals, while 217 were in care homes. There were also 136 at home, 33 in hospices, three in other communal establishments and 17 elsewhere.
Across the UK, there had been 4,526 deaths registered up to April 3, including 3,950 in England, 157 in Wales, 354 in Scotland and 65 in Northern Ireland.
Based on the date of death, there were 4,117 deaths in England and Wales in the week to April 3, that had been registered by April 11.
Nick Stripe, head of health analysis and life events at the ONS said: “The latest comparable data for deaths involving COVID-19 with a date of death up to 3 April, show there were 6,235 deaths in England and Wales.
“When looking at data for England, this is 15% higher than the NHS numbers as they include all mentions of COVID-19 on the death certificate, including suspected COVID-19, as well as deaths in the community.
“The 16,387 deaths that were registered in England and Wales during the week ending 3 April is the highest weekly total since we started compiling weekly deaths data in 2005.”
Overall, in the week ending April 3, 16,387 deaths registered – 5,246 more than the previous week and 6,082 more than the five-year average, with the total the highest weekly number since the ONS started compiling figures in 2005.
As well as a rise in the number of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned, there was also an increase in the number of deaths mentioning “Influenza and Pneumonia” from 1,863 in the week ending March 27 to 2,367 in the week ending April 3.
Out of the deaths mentioning “Influenza and Pneumonia” in Week 14, 1,466 also mentioned COVID-19.
In the week ending April 3, 35.7 per cent of all deaths mentioned either “Influenza and Pneumonia”, COVID-19, or both. In comparison, for the five-year average, 20.0% of deaths mentioned “Influenza and Pneumonia”.
The ONS said “Influenza and Pneumonia” has been included for comparison, as a well-understood cause of death involving respiratory infection that is likely to have somewhat similar risk factors to COVID-19.
Of those whose deaths were registered in the week ending April 3, and whose death certificate mentioned Covid-19, none were below 21 years of age.
The highest number of coronavirus deaths (1,231) were among those aged 75 to 84 years, making up almost a quarter (24.6 per cent) of the total deaths from the virus. In every age group there have been more deaths involving COVID-19 in men than in women.
The biggest difference was in the 75 to 84 age group, where there were 931 deaths involving COVID-19 in males, almost double the 515 in females.
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