Covid-19 was the third biggest killer in England last month - but total deaths from all causes in October was only EIGHT more than last year, ONS report shows
Coronavirus was the third biggest killer in England in October, official data shows - but the total number of deaths from all causes for the month was about the same as last year.
An Office for National Statistics report today found there were 43,265 fatalities recorded last month — just eight more than in October 2019 — of which3,367 involved Covid-19 (7.8 per cent).
英国国家统计局(Office For National Statistics)今天发布的一份报告发现，上个月记录的死亡人数为43265人，仅比2019年10月多8人，其中3367人与新冠肺炎有关(7.8%)。
The statistics-crunching body has previously said that deaths were 'front-loaded' this year because so many elderly and vulnerable people fell victim to the disease in the spring.
The 3,367 Covid-19 deaths meant the disease was third leading cause of death in England last month, having climbed from 19th in September, when there were 690.
It makesOctober the fourth deadliest month since the pandemic struck behind April, when there were 30,000, May 12,600 and June 4,200.
Dementia and Alzheimer's were the leading causes of death in England last month, claiming 4,871 lives, followed by heart diseases, which killed 4,282 people. Flu and pneumonia were the seventh biggest killers, with 1,262 deaths.
In Wales, 285 of the 2,992 people who died in October had Covid-19 on their death certificate, the highest there since May, when there were678 virus-related fatalities.
The 2,992 deaths there is118 more deaths than in October 2019 and 258 more deaths than the five-year average for the month (8.6 per cent).
Despite the rise in Covid-19 fatalities, total deaths in England from all causes in October were just 6 per cent above the five-year average. There are usually around 40,000 at this time of year.
In England, the first virus death occurred on January 30 and daily deaths peaked at 1,225 deaths on April 8.Since then the daily toll had been plummeting thanks to the effects of the first national lockdown.
But there was an uptick in mid-September, thought to have been caused by schools and universities going back and a slight - but widespread - dip in adherence to social distancing guidelines.
Daily deaths continued to incline through October, with the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities occurring on October 29 (189 deaths). It marked the highest number of deaths in a day since May 28, when there were 202 deaths.
The number of death occurrences on more recent dates in October are likely to rise as the ONS receives more death registrations, which time to backdate and log.
In Wales, the first death with an underlying cause of Covid-19 occurred on March 15. As in England, the number of daily fatalities reached the peak on April 8, when there were 70 victims.
Since then, the number of had been gradually decreasing, with no COVID-19 deaths occurring on 41 days between June and September.
However, daily Covid-19 deaths increased throughout October, with 19 deaths occurring on 31 October 2020 (though this may be higher because of registrations delays).
In England, the Covid-19 death rate per 100,000 people was 63.5 in October and in Wales it was81.9.Although mortality rates due to Covid-19 increased last month, they are a fraction of the levels in April and May.
In England, the rate was was 90 per cent lower than the darkest days in April (623.2 deaths per 100,000 people) and in Wales the rate was83.5 per cent.
In both England and Wales, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease was the leading cause of death this October, with 103.4 deaths per 100,000 people in England (4,871 deaths) and 106.6 deaths per 100,000 people in Wales (305 deaths).
The second most common cause of death was ischaemic heart diseases, with 4,282 deaths in England (a rate of 91.8 deaths per 100,000 people) and 303 deaths in Wales (a rate of 105.5 deaths per 100,000 people).
Covid-19 was the third most common cause of death in both England and Wales last month. For comparison, in September it was the 19th biggest killer in England and the 24th most common in Wales.
Between January 1 and October 31, 448,579 deaths occurred in England and were registered by November 7 - which marks37,873 more deaths than the five-year average.
Of all the deaths, 11.1 per cent were directly caused by Covid-19, or 50,012 deaths. But when the ONS includes deaths that were suspected of being Covid-19, the death toll rises to more than 60,000.
In Wales, 29,018 deaths occurred in 2020 to date (and were registered by 7 November), which was 1,419 more deaths than the five-year average. The virus was the underlying cause of death in 9.1 per cent of all deaths that occurred (2,629).
Yesterday,Britain recorded 19,609 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, down from 2.2 per cent on the 20,051 announced on Tuesday and 14.6 per cent lower than the 22,950 figure last Wednesday.
There were also 529 deaths, which is 11.5 per cent less than the 598 on Tuesday and 11.1 per cent smaller than the 595 a week ago.
It is hoped the week-on-week drop signals the national lockdown is starting to take effect, after getting off to a rocky start last week when infections continued to climb despite the tough curbs.
Experts feared Brits rushing to pubs and restaurants for a pre-lockdown blowout would trigger a spike in cases.