England and Wales coronavirus deaths soar 40% with highest number in North West
The north west of England remains the Covid capital of the country with excess deaths rising at an alarming rate (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
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The number of deaths in England and Wales with Covid-19 on the death certificate soared by 40% in just a week, new figures show.
A total of 1,937 deaths registered in the week ending November 6 mentioned the coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics.
This is the highest number of deaths involving the virus since the week ending May 22.
It is also up from 1,379 deaths in the week to October 30 – a jump of 40%.
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The north west of England remains the Covid capital of the country with excess deaths rising at an alarming rate.
In the week to November 6 there were 496 excess deaths compared to the five-year average in the same week in previous years.
That's 35% over the average, the highest in the country.
The rise is due to the 568 deaths recorded involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending November 6 – the highest number for the region since the week ending May 15.
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In Yorkshire and the Humber, 329 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to November 6: again, the highest for the region since the week to May 15.
In north-east England, 152 Covid-19 deaths were registered: the highest since the week to May 22.
Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased week-on-week in every region of England in the week to November 6.
The Government will decide next week how to end the current lockdown as scientists warned a tougher tier system is needed until vaccines can drive back the pandemic.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday that ministers want to see a "significant easing" of coronavirus controls when the lockdown in England is lifted on December 2, but suggested tighter controls may be needed in the top Tier 3.
Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased week-on-week in every region of England
It comes after Susan Hopkins, medical director of Public Health England (PHE) and chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said ministers would have to look at "strengthening" the tier system.
Tier 1 restrictions that covered huge parts of England had "very little effect", she said, adding that even Tier 2 only worked in some areas.
Documents released last week from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), which reports to the Scientific Advisory Committee for Emergencies (Sage), said there was a "clear effect" on infection rates from strict Tier 3 interventions but "much less from Tiers 1 and 2".
More than 68,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.
A total of 65,546 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK's statistics agencies.
This includes 59,549 deaths in England and Wales up to November 6 (and registered up to November 14), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.
Since these statistics were compiled, a further 2,228 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 106 in Scotland, 143 in Wales and 90 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government's coronavirus dashboard.
Together, these totals mean that so far 68,113 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.