Coronavirus deaths rose by a quarter in the Liverpool City Region during the first full week of October, new figures have shown.

A total of 51 people died of Covid-19 in the region during the week up to October 9, according to a weekly update from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The previous week’s death toll was also revised up, from 39 to 41, meaning the most recent figures represent a rise of almost 25% in a week.

Although the rise is slower than in previous weeks, when the death toll doubled, it is still a significant increase and reflects the huge rise in cases and hospitalisations across the region since the end of August.

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The last time the city region saw 51 coronavirus deaths in a single week was at the end of May, as the first wave was tailing off.

The figures compiled by the ONS record all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, meaning it was either the primary cause of death or a contributing factor.

Most of the deaths during the week occurred in hospitals, although there were five care home deaths and two people died in their own homes.

Liverpool and Knowsley, two of the worst-hit boroughs in the country in terms of cases, saw their highest weekly death tolls since mid-May, recording 22 and eight deaths respectively.

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Wirral and St Helens also recorded increases during the week. Wirral’s weekly death toll rose from four to seven, while St Helens’ rose from two to three.

Halton’s death toll remained steady at four while Sefton’s decreased from 10 to seven despite the mounting cases in the borough.

The figures bring the city region’s total Covid-19 death toll to 1,935 since the crisis began, a mortality rate of 124 deaths per 100,000 people.

Given the number of deaths since October 9, the real figure will be higher and may already have passed 2,000.