Weekly coronavirus deaths four times higher than this time last year, figures show

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Weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus are four times higher than this time last year but appear to have levelled off, figures show.

Four times higher

There were 571 deaths in England and Wales where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate in the week ending 20 August, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. This is four times higher than the 139 coronavirus deaths registered in the week ending 21 August 2020. It’s a fall of just one death from the previous week, and equates to around one in 18 of all registered deaths over the seven days.

Last August, society was not fully opened up and several areas were in local lockdowns. Meanwhile, more people died from all causes than would usually be expected for this time of year for the seventh week in a row.

Some 10,013 deaths were registered in England and Wales – 359 fewer than the previous week but still 10.2% above the five-year average. A total of 157,648 deaths have occurred in the UK where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said. This includes 42,855 care home residents in England and Wales who have had coronavirus recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.

Some 50 care home resident deaths involving coronavirus were registered in the latest week. The ONS figures cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just in care homes.

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    1. So ONE THIRD of all UK Covid deaths were certainly deliberate murders of costly elderly retirees in private corporate ‘care homes’.

      At least another third will be “Died WITH covid” cases rather than “Died FROM covid” cases.

      And the Public have successfully been programmed to scream about ‘masks!’ at each other rather than deliberate Tory/Govt/.1% policies that have caused most of these deaths.

      Humans are literally the stupidest animals on the planet.

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