Coronavirus was a factor in 33.6% of all deaths in England and Wales in the week leading up to April 10, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed – with Covid-19 involved in 6,213 deaths.
Figures for the week preceding it showed coronavirus had played a role in 21% of all registered deaths.
The statistics include people dying outside hospitals whose death certificates mentioned Covid-19, including in combination with other health conditions. National figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, on the other hand, only include patients who have died in hospital.
Our weekly deaths data show that
– of all deaths in England and Wales that occurred up to 10 April (registered up to 18 April), 13,121 involved COVID-19
— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) April 21, 2020
In London, more than half (53.2%) of all deaths registered in the week ending April 10 involved Covid-19. In the West Midlands this figure was 37%.
Of the deaths mentioned in the latest ONS report, 83.9% (8,673 deaths) occurred in hospital, with the remainder occurring in care homes, hospices and in the community.