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The number of deaths in England and Wales has reached a record high, due to the coronavirus

The number of deaths in England and Wales has reached a record high, due to the coronavirus

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

THE number of deaths has reached a record high in England and Wales - since records began to be published in 2005.

The latest figures show that there were 16,387 deaths in the first week of April. This is the highest since the Office for National Statistics began publishing weekly data in 2005.

It is believed that rising coronavirus cases contributed to the jump in deaths with 3,475 linked to this. One in 10 coronavirus deaths are in the community - the government's daily figures only cover deaths in hospitals.

The total number of deaths were 6,000 more than the average for this time of year, when deaths usually decrease after the flu season.

However, it is not clear what else is causing this jump in the total number of deaths - the coronavirus deaths only contribute under 60% of these deaths.

This could be due to cases of the virus going undetected or other factors related to the lockdown and outbreak, such as people not seeking treatment for other conditions or mental health and violence-related deaths, are also having an impact.

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