Latest figures on Covid-19 deaths in West Norfolk
Further coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in West Norfolk care homes over the last month, new figures reveal.
Office for National Statistics data shows that 142 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered in the borough up to July 18.
Of those, 33 occurred outside hospital – including 26 in care homes and three at private homes. A further four deaths occurred in hospices, other community establishments or elsewhere.
That was up from 24 deaths in care homes up to June 20.
The latest figures, based on where Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, include deaths that occurred up to July 10 but were registered up to eight days later.
Across England and Wales, 51,021 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to July 18. Of those, 30 per cent were in care homes and 63 per cent in hospital.
In the week ending July 10, there were 366 deaths across the two countries which mentioned the coronavirus on the death certificate – the lowest number since March 20.
It is also the fourth week in a row that deaths have been below the number that would usually be expected at this time of year, based on an average from the previous five years.
The ONS explained that some vulnerable and elderly people who might have been expected to die during this period did so earlier due to the pandemic.
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