Deaths involving COVID-19 have increased for the second consecutive week in England and Wales.
There were 139 fatalities which mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate – up from 99 the previous week, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
COVID-19 deaths still only accounted for 1.5% of all deaths.
The number of excess deaths in England and Wales remains slightly higher than the national average, with 9,523 deaths registered in the week ending 18 September.
This is 2.8% higher than the five-year average.
However, overall deaths registered from all causes had decreased from the previous week, dropping from 9,811 to 9,523.
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In six of the nine English regions, the number of coronavirus-related deaths had increased – with the North West reporting the biggest rise.
The other regions reporting increases were:
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire and the Humber
- North East
- East Midlands
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