UK deaths currently a fifth higher than normal levels

pharmafile | November 24, 2020 | News story | Manufacturing and Production  

Deaths across the UK are a fifth higher than normal, according to new government data. 

Numbers released from UK Government national statisticians showed that there were almost 14,000 deaths in the week ending 13 November; 2,383 of these deaths involved coronavirus fatalities, of which there were 600 more than the previous week. 

The North West and Yorkshire have seen the most excess deaths, which were a third above normal levels, while the numbers of deaths in the South East were just 2% above the five-year average. 

Sarah Scobie, the Deputy Director of Research at the Nuffield Trust, told the BBC: “Despite the end of the second national lockdown in England coming into focus, today’s figures are a sobering reminder of the dreadful impact of this virus. For some hospitals, particularly in COVID hotspot areas, it will feel as if they are in the depths of winter already.”

According to the government data, the deaths are not rising as quickly as they were previously in the year due to the pandemic. Due to more testing for the virus, it is also a more accurate reflection on how many deaths can be attributed to the virus. 

Conor Kavanagh

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