UK's Covid count reaches 305,623

Henrietta Strickland
August 4, 2020

England and Wales are experiencing fewer deaths than would normally be expected for the sixth week in a row, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

This is a 26.4 per cent fall from the previous week, when there were 295 deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

Last week, Mexico surpassed the United Kingdom in the coronavirus death toll count, becoming the country with the third-largest number of COVID-19 fatalities, after the United States and Brazil.

This is lowest figure since the week ending 20 March, when two deaths were recorded.

In Scotland, four of the most recent six weeks saw deaths below average, while in Northern Ireland three of the six weeks saw deaths at or below average.

The figures provided by Public Health Wales mainly include deaths in hospitals.

All regions, except for the North East, East Midlands and West Midlands, had fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.

The data records the number of deaths involving coronavirus, based on any mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate.

The total number of Covid-19 deaths occurring in Wales up to 24 July was 2,504 - for deaths to be included in these figures, they must have been registered by 1 August.

Deaths that would have happened naturally in the second half of 2020 - of people in very old age or with advanced pre-existing medical conditions - are likely to have been pulled forward into the first half of the year by Covid-19.

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