There were 3,144 deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales in the week ending 1 January 2021 – the highest weekly figure since mid-May 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The latest ONS Covid Roundup published today 12 January – the latest data and analysis related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shows the following:
Overall death registrations declined for the second week running because of delays associated with Bank Holidays (Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).
Of the 10,069 deaths registered in the week ending 1 January, 31.2% involved COVID-19, the highest percentage since the week ending 1 May 2020.
Among English regions, London saw the largest rise in COVID-19 deaths compared with the previous week, followed by the South East.
Wales reported an increase in COVID-19 mortality for the fourth consecutive week.
Despite the fall in overall registrations, deaths from all causes remained higher than normal for this time of year, with hospitals, care homes and private homes all recording figures in excess of the five-year average.
Across the whole of 2020, there were around 75,000 additional deaths registered in England and Wales compared with the average in the previous five years.
Most of these additional deaths occurred among the oldest age groups (75 years and over), who have been most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Excess deaths in 2020 were concentrated in the oldest age groups
Number of deaths registered by age group, England and Wales, 28 December 2019 to 1 January 2021