Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Science & Tech
  2. Coronavirus
19 May 2020updated 04 Sep 2021 12:29pm

“Excess deaths“ during pandemic top 50,000 in UK

By Nicu Calcea

Around 50,000 more people have died in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus outbreak than would normally be expected for this time of year, new figures show.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released this morning shows an estimated 49,647 “excess deaths” occurred between 14 March to 8 May, with 39,071 of those attributed to Covid-19. The UK as a whole has recorded nearly 55,000 excess deaths, ONS statistician Nick Stripe told the BBC.

The good news is that the number of weekly deaths, both caused by the virus and overall, is now at its lowest since the start of April.

While all regions in England and Wales saw a decrease in deaths attributed to Covid-19, the north-west overtook London for the first time as the epicentre of the outbreak with 597 deaths in the week to 8 May.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy

The number of people dying in care homes has also been falling for two consecutive weeks, with 1,666 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the first week of May compared to 2,423 during the previous week.

However, the share of care home deaths that were attributed to Covid-19 has seen a small bump, with 39 per cent of deaths now linked to the disease.

Content from our partners
Why modelling matters: its role in future healthcare challenges
Helping children be safer, smarter, happier internet explorers
Power to the people