The number of COVID-related deaths in England and Wales in one week has fallen to the lowest level in six months, new figures show.
A total of 362 deaths recorded in England and Wales during the week ending April 16 mentioned COVID-19[female[feminine on the death certificate, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
This is the lowest number since the week ending October 2, 2020.
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The figure is also down 4% from the previous week’s total, although the ONS said the number of recorded deaths would likely have been affected by the recent Easter holidays.
About one in 29 deaths (3.5%) of all deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week before April 16 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate.
The latest data also showed a massive 97% drop in COVID deaths in the 70 and older age group, with 196 virus-related deaths recorded in the week ending April 9 from 7,049 in the week ending. January 22.
Deaths among those aged 65 to 69 fell by 96% over the same period, with declines of 95% among those aged 60 to 64, 94% among those aged 55 to 59 and 96% among those aged 50 to 54 years old.
Overall, deaths from COVID-19 have declined by at least 95% since the peak of Wave 2 among people of all age groups 50 and older, the ONS said.
People over 50 have been given priority in the early months of the vaccine rollout in the UK, as they have been responsible for the overwhelming majority of deaths since the start of the pandemic, and the Jabs program has now passed to people in their 40s – with 42-year-olds now able to make an appointment in England.
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