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UK’s true coronavirus death toll passes 57,000 – 15,000 more than the official figure

THE UK’S true coronavirus death toll has now passed 57,000, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

Infections of the virus have surged in recent weeks and this week marks the first week in five months that deaths from the virus have increased.

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Figures released this morning show that there have been over 15,000 more deaths than the official figure of 41,778 released by the government.

Up to the week ending September 11, the ONS states that there has been 52,513 deaths in England and Wales involving Covid-19.

These deaths had all been registered by September 19.

In Scotland, figures published by the National Records for Scotland revealed that there had been 4,236 deaths involving Covid-19 up to September 13.

In Northern Ireland 887 deaths had occurred up to September 11 (and had been registered up to September 16), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 57,636 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

In total the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending September 11 was 9,811.

This was 2,072 deaths higher than last week.

Deaths by the coronavirus accounted for just one per cent of deaths across England and Wales.

The ONS said: "This is the second lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since Week 12; this is an increase of 21 deaths compared with Week 36 (26.9 per cent increase)."

The figures come after last week it was revealed that that the flu is still killing more people than the coronavirus.

This week the ONS said that in England and Wales 12.5 per cent of all deaths mentioned the flu and pneumonia, Covid-19 or both - compared to 12.3 per cent last week.

It added: "Influenza and Pneumonia has been included for comparison, as a well-understood cause of death involving respiratory infection that is likely to have somewhat similar risk factors to Covid-19".

Deaths rates in England and Wales that didn't involve the coronavirus are currently above the five year average.

At the beginning of the year, between weeks one and 12, 138,916 deaths were registered - 4,822 lower than the five year average.

The ONS states that between weeks 12 and 37, 295,730 deaths were registered, which was 58,226 more than the five year average.

Age matters

This week the number of deaths involving Covid increased or remained at similar levels across all age groups.

Deaths from the virus remained highest in the older age groups with those aged 80 and over accounting for the highest number of deaths with 51.5 per cent.

More than seven in ten under-65s who died of Covid during the peak caught the bug before lockdown.

Separate ONS data shows 5,330 working age people were killed by the virus between March and June.

But 3,839 of these cases – 72 per cent – had picked up the illness before Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown on March 23

Ben Humberstone, Deputy Director of Health Analysis and Life Events at ONS, said: “Today’s analysis looks at how deaths involving the coronavirus by occupation differed before and during the lockdown.

“We found that 72 per cent of the total deaths involving Covid in the working age population occurred due to an infection that was likely acquired before lockdown was announced on March 23 2020.”

Data from the ONS also revealed that in the last week there has been just one death in Wales from the coronavirus.

It also showed that deaths related to the virus have been highest in the North West.

The ONS stated that 30 people had died in the region from the virus and that this accounted for 2.4 per cent of all Covid deaths nationally.

The report stated: "The number of deaths registered in Week 37 was higher than the five-year average in all English regions except for the North West, which was slightly below (2.9 per cent).

"In Wales, the number of deaths registered in Week 37 was 0.2 per cent (one death) higher than the five-year average".

Looking specifically at where deaths from Covid-19 occurred and the data revealed that 63.4 per cent of deaths occurred in hospitals since the beginning of the year.

This equates to 33,283 deaths.

Year to date analysis from the ONS stated that the remainder of deaths occurred in care homes, with 15,529 deaths happening in care settings.

Private homes accounted for 2,492 deaths, hospices 751, communal establishments, 224 and 203 had been accounted elsewhere.

The remainder occurred in care homes (15,529 deaths), private homes (2,492 deaths), hospices (751 deaths), other communal establishments (224 deaths) and elsewhere (203 deaths).

Looking at figures for the last week the ONS stated: "Between Weeks 36 and 37, the number of deaths involving Covid-19 increased in hospitals and care homes (by 13 deaths and 10 deaths respectively) and decreased or remained similar in all other settings.

"Deaths involving Covid-19 in hospitals as a proportion of all deaths in hospitals remained the same as Week 36, at 1.6 per cent.

"Deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes increased from 1.1 per cent in Week 36 to 1.3 per cent in Week 37."

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