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Covid-19 weekly deaths on upwards trend but levels remain low

Covid-19 weekly deaths on upwards trend but levels remain low
The increase reflects the impact of rising infection across the country.

The number of deaths involving coronavirus registered each week in イングランド そして ウェールズ has risen for the third week in a row, but levels remain well below those reached in the early part of the pandemic.

の合計 423 deaths registered in the seven days to July 8 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, による 国家統計局 (私たち).

これはアップです 27% on the previous week and is the highest number since the seven days to May 20.

The figures suggest deaths are once again on an upwards trend, following several weeks where the numbers had shown a steady fall.

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Covid-19 infections have been increasing across the country since the start of June, driven by the subvariants オミクロン BA.4 and BA.5.

This is now likely to be having an impact on the number of death registrations.

It is the third wave of Omicron infections so far this year.

During the two previous waves, weekly deaths in England and Wales peaked between 1,000 そして 1,500.

This is well below the peak seen during the wave of infections in January 2021 caused by the Alpha variant, when the weekly total reached nearly 8,500.

The low number of deaths during this year’s waves reflects the success of Covid-19 vaccines in weakening the link between infection and serious illness.

Everyone over the age of 50 will be offered a fresh Covid-19 vaccination this autumn, to boost protection ahead of possible further waves of the virus, the UK Health Security Agency announced last week.

Other groups eligible for the jab will include frontline health and social care workers and those aged five to 49 in clinical risk groups, 妊婦を含む.

全体, の合計 200,892 people in the UK have now had coronavirus recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began, ONSは言った.

This includes all instances where Covid-19 has been mentioned on a certificate, either as a main cause of death or a contributory factor.

Separate figures show the month-long rise in the number of hospital patients in England testing positive may be levelling off.

の合計 14,044 people with the virus were in hospital on July 18, アップ 5% 前の週に, according to NHS England.

Seven days earlier, 七月に 11, the week-on-week increase stood at 25% – while it was running as high as 39% 7月の初めに.

If the rate of increase continues to slow, the current wave may end up peaking below the 16,600 patients seen at the height of the BA.2 wave in April.

Patient numbers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently around three-quarters of the peak reached during the BA.2 wave.

Around six in 10 hospital patients who test positive for Covid-19 are being treated primarily for something else, rather than the virus.

But they will need to be kept isolated from those patients who do not have COVID, putting extra pressure on hospital staff who are already struggling to clear a record backlog of treatment.