CORONAVIRUS deaths have risen in all but two areas in England as cases continue to rise across the country, new figures have revealed.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) states that fatalities are up for the fourth week in a row in all areas except the West Midlands and South-West England.
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Up to the seven days to the week ending October 2, there were a total of 321 deaths registered which mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.
This is up from 215 deaths in the week to September 25.
The figures released by the ONS today show that the 321 figure is the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending July 10.
According to the ONS there have now been over 58,500 deaths registered in the UK.
This differs from figures published by the government, which state that 42,875 people have died.
The coronavirus government dashboard states that at the peak of the pandemic in April, there were 9,495 deaths in the week up to April 17.
Looking at a regional breakdown now and the North West of England – where many areas have just been subjected to further restrictions, had 106 deaths involving Covid.
This is the highest number in the region since the week ending June 26.
The region has seen an increase in cases over recent weeks with several areas being places into Tier 1 and Tier 2.
Tier Three will see the most serious measures – including a closure of pubs and bars and a ban on overnight stays outside the home.
Areas such as Liverpool, Knowsley, the Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton will all face these restrictions while places such as Manchester and Cheshire are under Tier Two.
A Tier Two lockdown means that gyms and pubs can stay open – but that you cannot socialise with people outside your household indoors.
Nightingale hospitals have also been placed on standby across the North — where up to a third of critical care beds are already taken by Covid patients.
Around four in ten of all coronavirus cases are in the North West, health bosses say.
In the North East, where cases have also jumped, there were 40 Covid-19 deaths registered in the week to October 2, the highest for the region since the week to June 12.
Most areas in the North East have been placed under Tier 2 restrictions, including Newcastle and Middlesborough.
Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased week-on-week in all but two regions of England in the week to October 2.
The exceptions were the West Midlands and South-West England.
The ONS figures show that 53,335 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to October 2, and had been registered by October 10.
It was also revealed yesterday that more people across England are now in hospital with Covid than on March 23 — the day national lockdown was imposed.
But experts say deaths during this second wave of the virus could be less than half seen in the first. Dr Jane Eddleston, an intensive care consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said admissions were rocketing in the region.
She added: “We have seen a threefold increase in the number of patients admitted to intensive care in the last five weeks and an eightfold increase in the number of patients admitted to our hospitals.
“The situation is that 30 per cent of our critical care beds are taken up by patients with Covid. This is starting to impact on the services we provide for other patients.”
NHS figures show there are 3,665 Covid patients on English wards.
It compares with 3,097 when Boris Johnson shut down the country in late March.
But the daily Covid-19 infection rate is running at 13,972 — way under Sir Patrick Vallance’s warning of 50,000 by mid-October.
Data from the ONS today also stated that 82 per cent of deaths in the last week had been in hospitals.
It also stated thast 12.9 per cent of all deaths had occured in care homes.
Looking to Scotland and figures In Scotland, figures published by the National Records for Scotland revealed that 4,276 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to October 4, while 906 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to October 2 (and had been registered up to October 7), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Combined these figures mean that so far 58,517 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
In Wales the weekly total increased from 12 to 25.
Looking at the age of people dying from the virus, and the ONS states that death rates increased across all age groups in the last week except in ages 50 to 54 years, which decreased by five deaths.
The report states: “The biggest increase was seen in those 80 to 84 years (22 more deaths).
“The number of deaths involving Covid-19 remained higher in the older age groups, with those aged 80 years and over accounting for the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 (56.7 per cent).”
The report also stated that there have been more deaths in males than in females.
It states that over the last 40 weeks, 55.1 per cent of deaths have been in males.
The report continued: “However, there were more deaths in females aged 85 years and over (12,120) than males aged 85 years and over (10,304).
“This could be because the over-85-years female population (939,000) is larger than the over-85-years male population (564,000) in England and Wales.”
The report stated that a death of a man aged 80 to 84 years was registered in the week ending September 4 that occurred in the week ending January 31.
The Sun previously exclusively reported that Peter Attwood, 84, became ill with a mystery cough and fever shortly after Christmas — more than two months before officials discovered the virus was spreading in Britain.
Peter died in hospital in January, with heart failure and pneumonia initially blamed.
But tests have now shown Covid was a cause of death — making him the UK’s first recorded virus victim and the first outside China.
The ONS said that this is the earliest known death involving Covid-19 in the UK.
It added: “There was also a death of a man aged 55 to 59 years registered in the week ending August 21, that occurred in the week ending February 7.