Death rate ‘back to normal’ in UK

The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid March.

The decrease reflects a decline in coronavirus-related deaths, official data show.

Of 10,681 deaths registered in the week up to 19 June, 849 (8%) mentioned coronavirus.

This is the lowest number of deaths involving the pandemic virus since the week ending 13 March.

The number of deaths registered in was 8 below the five-year average.

Figures for England and Wales show deaths in care homes and hospitals were also fewer than the five-year average – 49 and 782 deaths lower, respectively.

The number of deaths at home was 827 higher than the five-year average.

Of all deaths involving coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and up to 19 June in England and Wales:

  • 63.5% occurred in hospital
  • 29.7% in care homes
  • 4.6% in private homes
  • 1.4% in hospices

The total number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began stands at 65,132.