Excess deaths in UK pass 63,500 since start of coronavirus outbreak

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The number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began has passed 63,500.

Tuesday’s figures from the Office for National Statistics, which show 57,961 excess deaths in England and Wales between March 21 and May 29, 2020, follow figures last week showing the equivalent numbers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The National Records of Scotland found there were 4,729 excess deaths in Scotland between March 23 and May 31, while the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency put the figure for Northern Ireland at 906 excess deaths between March 21 and May 29.

Together, this means the total number of excess deaths in the UK across this period now stands at 63,596. All figures are based on death registrations.

Meanwhile, in a positive sign for the Government, less than a fifth of deaths registered in the week ending May 29 in England and Wales involved coronavirus.

This was the lowest proportion since the week lockdown was imposed, figures show.

There were 9,824 deaths registered in the week ending May 29 – a fall from the previous week but still 1,653 deaths higher than what would usually be expected, the Office for National Statistics said.

Of these, 1,822 involved Covid-19 – 18.5 per cent of the total that week and the lowest number of weekly coronavirus deaths for eight weeks.

It is also the first time the proportion of weekly coronavirus deaths has fallen to under a fifth since the week lockdown was imposed, the week ending March 27, when the virus accounted for five per cent of the deaths.



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