Britain announces 56 more Covid-19 deaths in preliminary toll


Britain today announced just 56 Covid-19 deaths as separate figures confirmed the outbreak is fizzling out after terrorizing the nation for three months, with the number of coronavirus fatalities now falling in every age group for the first time since the crisis began.

Department of Health bosses have yet to confirm the final toll, which includes laboratory-confirmed deaths in all settings. The preliminary count is calculated by adding up all of the individual updates from health chiefs in all of the home nations.

NHS England today declared 46 deaths in hospitals across the country. Wales recorded five victims in all settings, followed by four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. It means the official death toll now stands at 42,703 — but other grim figures taking into account all suspected deaths shows the actual tally is at least 53,000.

It comes as Boris Johnson today dramatically unwound the coronavirus lockdown, declaring that pubs, haircuts and weddings can return and giving family and friends the green light to meet up indoors on July 4, for the first time in months. The Prime Minister also revealed the social distancing rule is being halved to ‘one metre plus’.

Britain yesterday announced just 15 more Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since 10 days before lockdown was introduced. Just 958 more cases of the disease were diagnosed in the lowest 24-hour jump since draconian restrictions were imposed to halt the outbreak on March 23 (967).

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today also showed the number of people dying of Covid-19 is falling in every age group for the first time since the start of Britain’s crisis. Separate figures also showed the total number of ‘excess’ deaths — those of any cause that happen above average — has topped 65,000.

Government data has revealed Birmingham is the local authority with the most Covid-19 fatalities in England and Wales, and the only one to have recorded more than 1,000 victims (1,187). Meanwhile, the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, is still the only place in England and Wales to escape having any deaths.  

In other coronavirus developments in Britain today: 

  • Spain has already started closing its beaches because they’re getting too packed, before most Britons have even had a chance to get out there;
  • Germany ordered 360,000 people back into lockdown after a coronavirus outbreak at a meat factory caused a worrying spike in the country’s R rate;
  • World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic announced he tested positive for Covid-19, with the self-proclaimed anti-vaxxer becoming the sixth direct participant in his exhibition series to catch the virus.

COVID-19 KILLED PEOPLE AT TWICE THE RATE OF ANY OTHER DISEASE IN MAY

Office for National Statistics data shows that the coronavirus was twice as deadly as any other disease in May.

Covid-19 killed 210.3 people per 100,000 in that month.

By comparison, dementia accounted for 111.4 per 100,000 deaths – but this was above average (103.3) and may have been affected by undiagnosed coronavirus in care homes.

Heart disease caused death at a rate of 71.5 per 100,000, down from its average 98.1.

And strokes (cerebrovascular disease) killed 43.9 people per 100,000 in May, down from the average 55.4.

Experts have suggested deaths from other causes may have reduced either because the same patients caught coronavirus and died with it, or because they put off going to hospital and their death was delayed.

Department of Health statistics released yesterday afternoon showed that 139,659 tests were carried out the day before, a figure that included antibody tests for frontline NHS and care workers.

But bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, meaning the exact number of Brits who have been swabbed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month — since May 22.

Another 958 cases were diagnosed, taking the official size of the outbreak to 305,289 infections. But the true size of the crisis is estimated to be in the millions.   

The daily death data does not represent how many Covid-19 patients died within the last 24 hours — it is only how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities.

The data does not always match updates provided by the home nations. For example, the Scottish government on Thursday announced two deaths – but the DH recorded nine north of the border.

Department of Health officials work off a different time cut-off, meaning daily updates from Scotland as well as Northern Ireland are always out of sync. Wales is not thought to be affected.

And the count announced by NHS England every afternoon — which only takes into account deaths in hospitals — does not match up with the DH figures because they work off a different recording system.  

For instance, some deaths announced by NHS England bosses will have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records fatalities ‘as soon as they are available’.

NHS England today announced 46 victims in hospitals — all of whom were aged between 51 and 97. 

It comes as separate ONS data published today shows that the number of people dying with the coronavirus appears to have stopped rising among people of all ages in the first time since the beginning of the crisis in England and Wales.

The most recent statistics, for the week between June 6 and June 12, showed 1,114 deaths were registered then — down from 1,588 the week before.

Data shows the weekly registrations of coronavirus deaths did not increase in any age groups in the week to June 12. It was stagnant among 25 to 29-year-olds but fell in all other brackets.

The biggest drop was among the over-90s, who have been hardest hit by the virus. The most recent week of data saw 127 fewer deaths than the week before, and there were 94 fewer victims in their late 80s. 

The biggest proportional fall was among 65 to 69-year-olds, where deaths fell by 46 per cent in a week. Fatalities dropped by 40 per cent in 35 to 39-year-olds and by 36 per cent among 50 to 54-year-olds.

The biggest reduction in number was in over-90s, who are the worst affected by the disease. There was a drop of 127 deaths week-on-week among them — from 404 to 277.

Today’s data also shows that the number of people dying from coronavirus each week has fallen to a 12-week low in England and Wales.

Looking at the actual dates on which people died — a different measure to when deaths were registered — there were 865 fatalities in the week to June 12.

It was the lowest weekly number in three months, since the seven-day spell that finished on March 20 (401). And it was a 32 per cent drop from the 1,276 recorded the week before.

It was also the first time the number of fatalities dropped below 1,000 since the outbreak spiralled out of control in the spring, according to the report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The ONS also shows that 48,866 people had been killed by the coronavirus by mid-June in England and Wales alone.

Combined with data from National Records Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, this puts the UK death toll at 53,738.

The number is 11,000 higher than the 42,647 recorded by the Department of Health because it includes everyone who has the virus mentioned on their death certificate, regardless of whether they have been tested.  

91% OF CORONAVIRUS VICTIMS HAD OTHER ILLNESSES – A QUARTER HAD DEMENTIA 

Nine out of 10 people who died with the coronavirus between March and May in England and Wales had at least one other serious illness, statistics show.

The ONS data revealed that 90.9 per cent of all Covid-19 victims had a serious ‘pre-existing condition’ – these have been dubbed ‘underlying health conditions’ by the NHS during the pandemic. 

Dementia was the most common underlying condition and was present in a staggering quarter (25.6 per cent) of all people killed by the virus.  

Around one in five patients had flu or pneumonia (21.6 per cent), while 19.7 per cent had diabetes.

Some 9.9 per cent of people who died of Covid-19 had heart disease, the data showed. 

The downside to the ONS number is that it has to be done over a longer period of time so it’s 10 days behind the present day. 

Another measure of deaths caused by the pandemic, excess deaths, now sits at 65,173 across Britain.

This measures the number of deaths above average for the year so far, and may include people who didn’t actually catch Covid-19 but died because they could not – or would not – go to hospital, for example.

The number of excess deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending June 12 was 559, according the ONS. That was the lowest number since the week ending March 20. 

In the week ending June 12  the number of deaths in hospitals was below average, marking the second week in a row there had been no excess deaths in hospitals.

There were still excess deaths registered in both care homes and private homes during this week, although the number was down on the previous seven days.

The difficulty of measuring excess deaths is that it is not clear how many of them can be directly attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

For some patients the epidemic – and the fact they have missed out on treatment – may have delayed their death if they would have died from an infection caught in hospital, such as MRSA or pneumonia. 

ONS data shows that the coronavirus was twice as deadly as any other disease in May. Covid-19 killed 210.3 people per 100,000 in that month.

By comparison, dementia accounted for 111.4 per 100,000 deaths – but this was above average (103.3) and may have been affected by undiagnosed coronavirus in care homes.

Heart disease caused death at a rate of 71.5 per 100,000, down from its average 98.1. And strokes (cerebrovascular disease) killed 43.9 people per 100,000 in May, down from the average 55.4.

Experts have suggested deaths from other causes may have reduced either because the same patients caught coronavirus and died with it, or because they put off going to hospital and their death was delayed.

REVEALED: THE 20 AREAS OF ENGLAND AND WALES WITH THE MOST COVID-19 DEATHS…

Birmingham

County Durham

Leeds

Liverpool

Sheffield

Cheshire East

Croydon

Brent

Bradford

Barnet

Wirral

Ealing

Harrow

Manchester

Enfield

Buckinghamshire

Walsall

Cheshire West and Chester

Cardiff

Sandwell

1,187

680

673

558

550

498

484

483

472

449

416

402

392

383

382

381

371

365

362

355

…AND THE 20 AREAS OF ENGLAND AND WALES WITH THE FEWEST COVID-19 DEATHS

Isles of Scilly

City of London

Ceredigion

Hastings

South Hams

West Devon

Mid Devon

Torridge

Rutland

Ribble Valley

West Lindsey

Norwich

North Devon

Lincoln

Melton

Mendip

Ryedale

Isle of Anglesey

Maldon

Teignbridge

0

4

7

9

12

15

17

20

22

23

23

23

26

26

28

28

30

30

32

33

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE REALLY DIED OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

Department of Health: 42,647

Department of Health’s latest death count for all settings stands at 42,647.

The daily data does not represent how many Covid-19 patients died within the last 24 hours — it is only how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities. 

It also only takes into account patients who tested positive for the virus, as opposed to deaths suspected to be down to the coronavirus.  

National statistical bodies: 53,738

Data compiled by the statistical bodies of each of the home nations show 53,738 people died of either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 across the UK by the end of May.

The real number of victims will be even higher because the tally only takes into account deaths that occurred up until June 14 in Scotland and June 12 in the rest of Britain, meaning it is up to 10 days out of date.

The Office for National Statistics yesterday confirmed that 48,866 people in England and Wales died with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 by June 12.

The number of coronavirus deaths was 802 by the same day in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

National Records Scotland — which collects statistics north of the border — said 4,070 people had died across the country by June 14.

Their tallies are always 10 days behind the Department of Health (DH) because they wait until as many fatalities as possible for each date have been counted, to avoid having to revise their statistics.

Excess deaths: 65,173

The total number of excess deaths has now passed 65,000. 

Excess deaths are considered to be an accurate measure of the number of people killed by the pandemic because they include a broader spectrum of victims.

As well as including people who may have died with Covid-19 without ever being tested, the data also shows how many more people died because their medical treatment was postponed, for example, or who didn’t or couldn’t get to hospital when they were seriously ill.

Data from England and Wales shows there has been an extra 59,324 deaths between March 20 and June 5, as well as 4,877 in Scotland between March 16 and June 14 and 972 in Northern Ireland between March 28 and June 12. 

REVEALED: HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED OF COVID-19 IN YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY
Birmingham 1,187 Dartford 108
County Durham 680 Slough 107
Leeds 673 South Derbyshire 107
Liverpool 558 Lewes 107
Sheffield 550 Winchester 107
Cheshire East 498 Chorley 107
Croydon 484 Welwyn Hatfield 107
Brent 483 Hartlepool 106
Bradford 472 Colchester 106
Barnet 449 Wychavon 105
Wirral 416 Portsmouth 104
Ealing 402 Tewkesbury 104
Harrow 392 Elmbridge 104
Manchester 383 Mole Valley 104
Enfield 382 Neath Port Talbot 103
Buckinghamshire 381 Dover 102
Walsall 371 North Lincolnshire 100
Cheshire West and Chester 365 Eastleigh 98
Cardiff 362 East Hertfordshire 98
Sandwell 355 Telford and Wrekin 97
Wiltshire 354 High Peak 97
Stockport 343 Fareham 97
Sunderland 334 Warwick 97
Wigan 333 North Hertfordshire 96
Bromley 332 Broxtowe 96
Wakefield 331 Sevenoaks 95
Bolton 311 Vale of Glamorgan 95
Redbridge 310 Peterborough 94
Salford 308 East Northamptonshire 94
Hillingdon 308 South Staffordshire 94
Kirklees 304 Amber Valley 92
Newham 304 Stroud 92
Rotherham 303 Kettering 91
Wolverhampton 303 Denbighshire 91
Dudley 299 Powys 91
East Riding of Yorkshire 293 Bath and North East Somerset 90
Derby 292 Hinckley and Bosworth 90
Lewisham 289 Plymouth 89
Rhondda Cynon Taf 288 Breckland 89
Lambeth 282 Guildford 89
Coventry 281 Blackburn with Darwen 88
Sefton 278 Erewash 88
Havering 272 Bridgend 88
Leicester 271 Three Rivers 87
Solihull 270 Surrey Heath 87
Northumberland 268 Tandridge 87
Haringey 264 Fylde 86
Tameside 260 South Ribble 86
Central Bedfordshire 255 Spelthorne 86
Oldham 248 Darlington 84
Northampton 246 Brentwood 83
Southwark 246 Rochford 83
Waltham Forest 246 Gravesham 83
Newcastle upon Tyne 242 Chesterfield 82
Bristol, City of 238 East Hampshire 82
Shropshire 235 Conwy 82
Gateshead 232 Carmarthenshire 82
Barnsley 231 Castle Point 81
Bury 228 Cambridge 80
Doncaster 226 Rushmoor 80
Hounslow 225 Epsom and Ewell 80
Trafford 224 Isle of Wight 79
Warrington 223 Rushcliffe 79
Greenwich 223 Chichester 78
Hackney 221 Fenland 77
Nottingham 220 Scarborough 77
Bexley 220 Worthing 77
East Suffolk 214 Barrow-in-Furness 75
Wandsworth 212 Newark and Sherwood 75
Rochdale 209 Cannock Chase 75
Cornwall 203 North Warwickshire 75
Luton 202 Crawley 75
Middlesbrough 201 Derbyshire Dales 74
Merton 200 Broxbourne 74
Swansea 200 Mid Suffolk 74
Kingston upon Hull, City of 194 Pendle 73
Milton Keynes 194 Oxford 73
Basildon 193 Monmouthshire 73
St. Helens 193 Blaby 72
Tower Hamlets 186 Rugby 72
Medway 184 West Suffolk 72
Westminster 184 Harlow 71
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 182 Woking 71
Southend-on-Sea 181 Wrexham 71
Stoke-on-Trent 180 Tonbridge and Malling 70
Epping Forest 180 Broadland 70
Sutton 176 Daventry 70
Hertsmere 175 Tunbridge Wells 68
Reigate and Banstead 175 Bracknell Forest 67
Harrogate 174 Lancaster 67
South Gloucestershire 167 Sedgemoor 67
Hammersmith and Fulham 167 Runnymede 67
Swindon 164 Arun 66
Reading 164 Gwynedd 66
Stratford-on-Avon 164 Torfaen 66
Southampton 163 Allerdale 65
Barking and Dagenham 163 Eastbourne 65
Tendring 161 Wellingborough 65
York 160 Mansfield 65
Dorset 160 Staffordshire Moorlands 65
Mid Sussex 160 Merthyr Tydfil 65
Newport 160 South Kesteven 64
Camden 159 Craven 64
South Tyneside 157 Bassetlaw 64
Bedford 152 Hambleton 63
Brighton and Hove 150 Blaenau Gwent 63
South Lakeland 149 Uttlesford 62
North Tyneside 149 North West Leicestershire 62
East Staffordshire 148 Worcester 61
Islington 148 Tamworth 60
Wokingham 147 South Cambridgeshire 59
Richmond upon Thames 146 Babergh 59
Gloucester 144 Torbay 58
Chelmsford 143 Cotswold 58
Thanet 140 Burnley 58
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 140 Copeland 57
Ashfield 140 Hyndburn 57
Knowsley 140 Harborough 57
Stockton-on-Tees 137 Stevenage 57
North East Derbyshire 137 Oadby and Wigston 56
Waverley 136 South Norfolk 56
Thurrock 135 Gosport 55
North Somerset 134 South Somerset 55
Nuneaton and Bedworth 134 Redditch 55
Cheltenham 132 Bolsover 54
Bromsgrove 132 Rossendale 52
West Berkshire 131 South Holland 52
Blackpool 129 South Northamptonshire 52
Kingston upon Thames 129 North Norfolk 51
Redcar and Cleveland 128 Rother 50
Caerphilly 128 East Cambridgeshire 49
Windsor and Maidenhead 127 Hart 48
New Forest 127 East Lindsey 48
Newcastle-under-Lyme 127 Corby 48
Carlisle 124 East Devon 47
Preston 123 Richmondshire 47
Kensington and Chelsea 123 Malvern Hills 47
Halton 121 Forest of Dean 45
Ipswich 121 Great Yarmouth 45
Herefordshire, County of 120 Somerset West and Taunton 45
Vale of White Horse 120 North Kesteven 43
St Albans 120 Selby 43
Huntingdonshire 119 Pembrokeshire 40
Ashford 119 Eden 39
Flintshire 119 Exeter 39
Dacorum 118 Adur 39
Canterbury 117 North East Lincolnshire 34
Watford 116 Boston 34
Swale 115 Teignbridge 33
Gedling 115 Maldon 32
West Oxfordshire 115 Ryedale 30
Braintree 114 Isle of Anglesey 30
Basingstoke and Deane 114 Melton 28
Charnwood 114 Mendip 28
Cherwell 114 North Devon 26
Horsham 114 Lincoln 26
Wyre Forest 114 Ribble Valley 23
Folkestone and Hythe 113 West Lindsey 23
South Oxfordshire 113 Norwich 23
Test Valley 112 Rutland 22
Stafford 112 Torridge 20
Maidstone 111 Mid Devon 17
West Lancashire 111 West Devon 15
Lichfield 111 South Hams 12
Calderdale 111 Hastings 9
Wyre 109 Ceredigion 7
Wealden 108 City of London 4
Havant 108 Isles of Scilly 0

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