22 November 2022

Covid-19 weekly deaths fall for third week in a row

22 November 2022

Covid-19 death registrations in England and Wales have fallen for the third week in a row, as the recent wave of infections continues to subside.

A total of 518 deaths registered in the week to November 11 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is down 20% from 650 registrations the previous week and is the lowest number since early October.

Deaths started to climb in mid-September, driven by the latest wave of the virus, but the increase looks to have peaked at 687 in the week to October 21.

This is below the peaks seen in previous waves of the virus.

During the summer wave, weekly deaths in England and Wales peaked at 810, while at the start of the year they hit 1,484.

Separate ONS figures published last week showed that infections in England had dropped below a million for the first time since mid-September.

An estimated 940,700 people in private households were likely to have had coronavirus in the week to November 8, down from 1.3 million the previous week.

Wales has also seen a fall, with 56,000 people estimated to have had Covid-19 in the same period, down from 72,400.

The drop in infections and deaths mirrors a similar trend in the number of people in hospital who have tested positive for the virus, which is falling steadily in both nations.

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