Weekly registered Covid deaths in Britain pass 1,000 for first time in eight months

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Weekly Registered Covid Deaths In Britain Pass 1,000 For First Time In Eight Months Weekly Registered Covid Deaths In Britain Pass 1,000 For First Time In Eight Months
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By Jemma Crew, PA Social Affairs Correspondent and Ian Jones, PA

The number of weekly registered deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales has passed 1,000 for the first time in eight months, figures show.

There were 1,020 deaths registered in the week ending November 12th where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Covid-19 accounted for around one in 12 of all deaths registered over the seven-day period.

The number is up three per cent from the previous week, when 995 deaths were registered.

And it is the first time the weekly total has passed 1,000 since the week ending March 12th, during a 2021 national lockdown.

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People aged 80 and over accounted for 44.6 per cent of the deaths registered in the week to November 12th – the lowest proportion for this age group since the week to August 27th, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

The figure is down from 46.2 per cent in the previous week and 50.4 per cent two weeks earlier.

The drop might reflect the impact of booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine, which began to be rolled out in late September to all over-50s who were at least six months on from their second dose.

People aged 80 and over would have been one of the first groups eligible for a booster, as they would have received their second dose early in the year.

By contrast, 60 to 79-year-olds accounted for 44.3 per cent of deaths registered in the week to November 12th – the highest percentage for this age group since the week to May 28th.

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