Data reveals 2,912 of the 11,520 deaths recorded by Covid on the death certificate
Covid accounted for a quarter of the deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week before Christmas, the highest weekly proportion since mid-May.
Of the total 11,520 deaths recorded on the death certificate in England and Wales in the week to December 25, 2,912 (25.3 percent) listed Covid-19.
In the United Kingdom, this takes the total number of Covid-related deaths to 92070 (as of January 5).
The number is greater than the official figure of the government of 76,305, which encompasses only deaths that occurred within 28 days of the first positive test. The higher figure includes all deaths reported to date by the three statistical organizations, plus those recorded after the last report of each department on the government’s dashboard.
In the run-up to Christmas, the spike in Covid-related deaths comes after the number of daily cases of individuals in the U.K. Positive coronavirus tests topped 60,000 on Tuesday for the first time.
On Monday, most parts of England saw a record number of hospital patients. For Covid, 26,626 were treated, 40 percent more than at the first peak of the wave.
A separate study Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics reports that in the week ending Jan. 2, as many as one in 50 individuals in England could have had the virus. Infections in private homes are only taken into account in the study, not those in hospitals, nursing homes or other facilities.
Figures from the new ONS Covid 19 infection survey update indicate that the highest prevalence was in London, where between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 an estimated one in 30 individuals contracted the coronavirus.
The mixture of variables led to extreme alerts from professionals.
Dr. Michael Head, senior global health research fellow at the University of Southampton, called the “alarmingly high” 1-in-50 figure for England – equal to 1.1 million people, or 2.06 percent of the population.
In contrast, ONS data shows that in June the figures were around 1 in 4,000.
If we also highlight the enormous number of reported cases every day, the fact that more people are now in the Covid-19 hospital than at any point in the pandemic, and that almost any graph you look at shows a steep upward trend, then the UK is obviously not in a strong position right now.
Dr. Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, Fellow of Imperial Wellcome Trust Research at Imperial College London, said the knowledge was “very worrying.”
“This large increase will lead to a further rise in hospital admissions and, unfortunately, deaths from Covid-19 in the coming weeks, putting further pressure on the NHS, which is already seeing record numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospital.”
As the effect of social mixing continues to be felt over the Christmas and New Year period, Dr. Julian Tang, honorary professor and clinical virologist at the University of Leicester, said the upward trend in cases and related hospitalizations and deaths is likely to continue for another two to three weeks.
On at least one day in the week ending January 4, all but one English NHS area, the Northeast, treated more Covid patients than in the first wave.
On Monday, more than twice as many Covid patients were treated in the East of England and the Southeast as at the height of the first wave.
For the seventh consecutive day, London reached its first-wave peak, treating a new high of 6,733 patients with Covid on Jan. 4. This compares with a high of 5,201 on April 9, which means that 29 percent more patients are now being treated in the area than on their worst day in April.
The Midlands and Southwest, with 4,499 and 1,401 Covid patients respectively, both saw their highest levels ever on Monday.