Covid-19 was responsible for almost one in 20 of all deaths in the week ending March 27, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS figures are based on the number of deaths registered in England and Wales, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate as “deaths involving Covid-19”.
A total of 11,141 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending March 27.
This represents an increase of 496 deaths registered, compared with the previous week and 1,011 more than the five-year average.
Of the 11,141 deaths, 539 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”. This figure equates to 4.8 per cent of all deaths.
This is slightly lower than the figures reported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) as it takes time for deaths to be reported and included in ONS figures.
There is usually a delay of at least five days between a death occurring and registration.
According to the ONS’ figures a total of 1,639 deaths in England and Wales that occurred up to March 27 (and which were registered up to April 1) involved Covid-19.
Of these deaths, 1,568 were in England. This compares with 1,649 deaths reported by NHS England for the same period.
This difference between the numbers published by the ONS and those published by NHS England and Public Health Wales is because of different methods of counting and reporting, the ONS said.
The figures published by NHS England and Public Health Wales are for deaths only among hospital patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.
These include deaths that have not yet been registered.
The ONS figures also show that of the deaths registered that week, 93 per cent occurred in hospitals, with the remainder taking place in hospices, care homes and private homes.
Separate figures from the ONS show that of the 647 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in England and Wales up to March 27, 233 (or 36%) were people aged 85 and over while 215 (33%) were people aged 75-84.
A total of 120 deaths (19%) were people aged 65-74, 70 (11%) were people aged 45-64 and nine deaths (1%) were aged 15-44 years.