ONS data on people who have died in England and Wales till May 1st

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The Office for National Statistics have published the latest data on deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May 2020 (Week 18)

The data for the year-to-date (using the most up-to-date data available), “shows the number of deaths up to 1 May 2020 was 247,251, which is 41,627 more than the five-year average. Of the deaths registered by 1 May, 33,408 mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, this is 13.5% of all deaths.” (this includes a part of the year where the virus had not spread in the UK – please see the data below for further comparisons)You can read their full post and download and explore the data via:


  • “The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May 2020 (Week 18) was 17,953, a decrease for the second week running, but 8,012 more than the five-year average for Week 18.”
  • “Of the deaths registered in Week 18, 6,035 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which was 33.6% of all deaths; a decrease of 2,202 deaths compared with Week 17 (37.4% of all deaths).”
  • “The number of deaths involving COVID-19 decreased in most age groups, the exceptions being age groups 15 to 19 and 35 to 39 years (which increased by 1 death each).”
  • “The number of deaths in care homes (from all causes) for Week 18 decreased to 6,409; however, deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes rose to 37.8% compared with 35.3% in Week 17.”
  • “For the first time, all regions showed a decrease in the percentage of deaths involving COVID-19 in Week 18; the South East had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, making this the first week that London did not have the highest count.”
  • “In Wales, there were 281 deaths registered in Week 18 involving COVID-19, accounting for 30.2% of all deaths registered.”
  • “Of deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to Week 18, 68.5% (22,873 deaths) occurred in hospital, with the remainder mainly occurring in care homes (8,312), private homes (1,562) and hospices (386).”
  • “The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 1 May 2020 (Week 18) was 20,033, of which 6,676 deaths involved COVID-19.” [as above, 33.6% of deaths]

IMAGE shows deaths by week over time, revealing a spike in deaths from Covid peaking around weeks ending 17th and 24th April, showing a decline to week ending 1st May – but one which still sees deaths involving Covid19 considerably above the average for influenza/pneumonia – and at around half the total average for all deaths.

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