England and Wales registered no excess deaths over a week for the first time since before the coronavirus lockdown was put in place, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.
Overall, the number of weekly registered deaths fell below the five-year average in the week ending June 19 – the first time that has happened since the week ending March 13.
There were 65 fewer deaths registered for the mid-June week – the latest stats on record – 0.7% below the average number of deaths for the period.
In both hospitals and care homes the number of deaths fell below the average, with 782 and 49 fewer deaths respectively. However, there were 827 excess deaths in people’s private homes.
Of the 9,339 deaths registered in the week ending June 19, 783 mentioned ‘novel coronavirus’ – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 for 12 weeks.
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Four regions in England – the South East, South West, North West and East – registered no excess deaths, while the number of registered deaths in the West Midlands was similar to the five-year average.
In Wales, which recorded no excess deaths for the first time in three months last week, death registrations crept up to 44 deaths higher than than five-year average.
But the number of weekly deaths involving Covid-19 fell in all regions in England and Wales.
Overall, 31,364 deaths involving coronavirus have taken place in hospitals in England and Wales.
Some 14,658 deaths occurred in care homes, 2,259 in private homes, 684 in hospices, 221 in other communal establishments and 185 elsewhere, the ONS said.
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