Weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales up for third week running

The weekly coronavirus death rate for England and Wales has risen for a third week in a row.

A total of 215 deaths registered in the week ending September 25 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is up from 139 deaths in the week to September 18, 99 deaths in the week to September 11, and 78 deaths in the week to September 4.

As cases began to rise sharply throughout last month, experts warned against complacency over comparatively low death rates – as there is often a lag of a few weeks between people being hospitalised with the deadly disease and dying.

Registered deaths in every individual region in the week ending September 25 were also up, except in the East Midlands.

More than 58,000 fatalities involving coronavirus have now been registered in the UK.

ONS figures show 52,943 occurred in England and Wales up to September 25, and had been registered by October 3, meaning the virus accounts for 2.2% of all deaths.

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Data published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,257 deaths involving coronavirus had been registered in the country up to September 27.

And 901 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to September 25, and had been registered up to September 30, according to the province’s Statistics and Research Agency. That data includes death certificates where Covid-19 has been mentioned as well as suspected cases.

It comes after nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases were missed out from the Department of Health and Social Care's Covid-19 dashboard after Public Health England (PHE) admitted a technical issue with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

PHE said the missing cases were transferred to NHS Test and Trace ‘immediately’ after the issue was noted and all cases were passed on to tracers by 1am on Saturday.

But the error means tens of thousands of people, who should have been told to self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person, are only now being contacted.

A number of places around the country including Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Oxford saw cases soar after the issue was resolved, and now several areas are suddenly at risk of being put under local lockdown.

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