Deaths fall below average

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The Walkers crisp factory in Leicester after the company confirmed that there have been 28 positive cases of Covid-19 at the site. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

THE number of deaths registered in England and Wales over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since before lockdown was imposed, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The overall number of weekly registered deaths fell below the five-year average for the first time since the week ending March 13.

There were 65 fewer deaths registered in the week ending June 19 – 0.7% below the average number of deaths for this period over five years.

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.

Of the 9,339 deaths registered in the week ending June 19, 783 mentioned “novel coronavirus” – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 for 12 weeks.

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