Deaths stats back to normal in Wales last week – but spike continues in England
The level of deaths in Wales are back to normal for this time of year, but continue at a higher level in England, according to provisional ONS figures.
No excess deaths were reported in Wales in the week of the 4 to 10th of May but those in England continued to be above the norm.
It is the first week that Wales has not seen higher than average deaths since the week of the 16th-26nd of March.
The Welsh Government continue to urge people to stay at home when possible to avoid another spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
However, England has relaxed the lockdown somewhat, urging people to return to work if they cannot work from home and allowing travel by car for exercise.
“In week 19 2020 in England, statistically significant excess mortality by week of death above the upper 10 z-score threshold was seen overall,” Public Health England said.
“In the devolved administrations, no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality for all ages was observed for Northern Ireland or Wales in week 19.”
Figures for Scotland are only currently recorded up to week 17 and showed more deaths than normal.
The ONS figures showed that the significant excess mortality was seen in all regions of England. The North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber, East & West Midlands, East of England, London and South East & West regions were all affected.
The data is provisional due to the time delay in registration, and numbers may vary from week to week.
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