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Deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales have fallen 99% from the peak of the second wave of the virus in January, new figures show.

A total of 125 deaths occurred during the week ending April 30 when coronavirus was recorded on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is a drop of 99%, from 8,979 deaths in the week to January 22, when more than 1,000 deaths occurred each day.

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Most age groups now have the lowest number of deaths in nearly eight months, as the combined impact since January of lockdown restrictions and vaccine rollout continues to push infections and hospitalizations down. .

Figures suggest the lockdown introduced in England and Wales earlier this year has helped stop the spread of the virus.

More than 36 million people in the UK have received the first dose of a vaccine and it is becoming clear that vaccinations play a crucial role in reducing serious illnesses caused by the disease.

Analysis of ONS data by the PA news agency shows that the age groups 75-79 and 80 and over both saw declines of 99%, while for those aged 60- 64 years, 65-69 and 70-74 years, the decrease is 98%.

Some 61 deaths involving COVID-19[female[feminine among those aged 80 and over occurred in the week of April 30, the lowest since the week of September 11, 2020.

The equivalent number for people aged 90 and over is 19 deaths: the lowest since the week of September 4.

And for people aged 70 and over, the death toll in the week to April 30 was 93, the first time the total has fallen below 100 since September 11.

Deaths that occurred during the last week of reporting, the week before May 7, are still being recorded.

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