The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales has fallen for the second consecutive week in December.
According to the latest statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 532 deaths involving COVID-19 in the week ending 11 December were recorded, down from 544 in the previous week. The slight decrease marked the second consecutive weekly drop in COVID deaths, the first weekly fall since early September.
Overall, the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 11 December 2020 (Week 50) was 12,292; this was 11 fewer deaths than in Week 49.
The year-to-date analysis shows that, of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) up to Week 50, 66.9% (48,557 deaths) occurred in hospital, with the remainder occurring in care homes (18,964 deaths), private homes (3,500 deaths), hospices (981 deaths), other communal establishments (287 deaths) and elsewhere (257 deaths).
Between Weeks 49 and 50, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 decreased in hospitals (80 deaths fewer) and care homes (12 deaths fewer) while it increased in private homes (seven deaths more) and other locations (six deaths more). Deaths involving COVID-19 in hospitals as a proportion of all deaths in hospitals decreased to 36.4% in Week 50. Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes decreased to 21.4% in Week 50.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “Today’s figures give us another stark warning that Covid-19 remains a very real and very dangerous threat to the lives and health of our most vulnerable.
“We cannot stress highly enough how vital it is that we all heed the advice of the Government and keep our celebrations short and small this Christmas and remember hands, face and space!
“We desperately want everyone to enjoy Christmas and to see their loved ones if it is safe. But it will be better for everyone if we take extra care now and celebrate properly once this dreadful pandemic is behind us which, if the vaccine is rolled out quickly, should be very soon.”