ONS reports corona deaths in England and Wales at lowest level since start of lockdown

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LONDON: Coronavirus-related deaths in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest number since lockdown was first implemented, the latest weekly data shows. A total of 1,588 deaths registered in the week ending June 5 mentioned Covid-19, down from 1,822 in the previous seven-day period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is the lowest number since 539 coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the week ending March 27, four days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced strict lockdown measures in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

The latest figures mean 14.8% of all deaths in England and Wales during the week ending June 5 were coronavirus-related – down from 18.5% the week before.

It means the percentage of deaths involving Covid-19 declined for the seventh week running. The figures also show 64% of all deaths registered this year up to June 5 (30,175 people) occurred in hospital.

A further 30% (14,028 deaths) took place in care homes, with 5% (2,152) in private homes, 1% (640) in hospices, 0.5% (214) in other communal establishments, and 0.4% (178) elsewhere.

The weekly breakdown shows there were 564 coronavirus deaths in care homes in the week ending June 5, down from 705 the previous week and 1,090 the week before that. The figures also show that the number of excess deaths across the whole of the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began has passed 64,000.