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COVID-19: Coronavirus No Longer Leading Cause of Death in England and Wales, Figures Show | UK News

Coronavirus was not the leading cause of death in England and Wales in March – the first time in four months, new figures show.

The leading cause of death was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in England, accounting for 10.1% of all deaths recorded that month, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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In Wales, ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of death, accounting for 11.8% of all deaths.

The data show COVID-19[female[feminine was the third leading cause of death in both countries that month, accounting for 9.2% of all deaths recorded in England and 6.3% in Wales.

The virus was the leading cause of death every November through February.

The latest figures come at a time of concern over new variants of COVID-19.

Surge tests are being rolled out in parts of England after the discovery of cases of the South African variant.

However one in five adults in the UK has now received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine – a total of 10.7 million people.

The latest figures show another 22 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 127,327.

Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there have been 151,000 recorded deaths in the UK where the coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

Provisional ONS figures show that there were 45,567 deaths recorded in England in March, 956 less than the same month last year, but 656 more than the five-year average of 2015-19.

Of those deaths, 4,198 were from the coronavirus, a month-over-month drop of 75% from 16,682 in February.

In Wales, the provisional death toll recorded in March was 2,984, 150 less than in March 2020 and 87 less than the five-year average for that month, the ONS said.

Of those, 189 were due to the coronavirus, a month-over-month decline of 73% from 711 in February.

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