The number of new reported coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has fallen for the first time since Christmas, new data show.
In the week ending February 5, 7,320 deaths were recorded, where a “new coronavirus” was mentioned on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
This is a decrease of 1113 deaths (13.1%) compared to the previous week.
The last time the death rate dropped was in the week ending December 25, which included one holiday that probably had an impact on registrations.
The coronavirus accounted for 42.6% of the total deaths registered during the seven days, which also decreased compared to the previous week.
All regions in England and Wales recorded a decrease in the number of deaths in which Covid was involved compared to the previous week, but still have a total higher number of deaths compared to the average for this time in the last five years.
Approximately 2,175 deaths of occupants in homes involving Covid-19 in England and Wales were recorded in the week to February 5 – a drop of 13% over the previous week.
This is the first fall of the week ending December 31st.
The number of deaths of residents reported to the Commission for the Quality of Care also dropped – from 695 in the week ending on February 5 to 536 in the week ending on February 12.
A total of 37,895 residents of nursing homes in England and Wales have now recorded Covid-19 on their death certificates, ONS said.
So far this year, about 10,133 deaths have been registered in residents of homes that include coronavirus – more than a quarter (26.7%) of the total number of deaths of residents of homes that include Covid, registered during the pandemic.
The figures cover the deaths of nursing home residents in all settings, not just nursing homes.
Taking into account data from Northern Ireland and Scotland, which only include deaths that occurred in nursing homes, this means that more than 40,000 deaths in nursing homes have been registered in the UK.
Of the 41,770 deaths recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, approximately a quarter (10,757) have been recorded since the beginning of 2021.