Deaths fall back to normal levels for first time in Covid-19 epidemic

Of the 9,339 deaths which occurred in the week to June 19, 783 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate – just 8.4 per cent of all deaths in England and Wales, and the lowest proportion in the last 12 weeks.

Though the number of deaths was highest in the South East (1,411 deaths), this was 3.8 per cent lower than the five-year average for the region.

Wales had the highest percentage of deaths above the five-year average in the week to June 19 (7.7 per cent), and the East Midlands had the highest percentage above the five-year average (6.6 per cent) in the English regions.

The number of deaths registered in the week to June 19 was similar to, or lower than, the five-year average in the West Midlands, the north-west, the east of England, the south-east and the south-west.

In both hospitals and care homes, the number of deaths fell below the average, with 782 and 49 fewer deaths respectively. However, there were 827 excess deaths in people’s private homes.

Deaths at home remain an issue

Problems remain in the community. While deaths are now at below average levels in hospitals and care homes, in the week to June 19 there were more than 3,000 deaths in people’s homes in England and Wales – 867 more than would be expected.

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