icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

UK records highest weekly death toll from all causes SINCE RECORDS BEGAN amid Covid-19 surge

UK records highest weekly death toll from all causes SINCE RECORDS BEGAN amid Covid-19 surge
Shocking fresh statistics show the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on the UK, revealing that it has recorded its highest weekly death toll since comparable records began in 1993.

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday show that a total of 22,351 people died in the UK on the week ending 17 April 2020. This is the most deaths that occurred in any week since statisticians began compiling the figure 27 years ago. Staggeringly the grim statistic is 11,854 more than the five year average.

The stunning report also revealed that the death toll from Covid-19 in England and Wales was 53 percent higher than the figures announced by the government suggested.

RT

The ONS said it had recorded 21,284 fatalities that mentioned the coronavirus disease on the death certificate as of April 17. This is significantly higher than the 13,917 that were documented in the daily hospital death stats published by the government. 

The discrepancy in the figures is caused by the fact that the UK only includes people who have tested positive for the virus and die in hospital in its daily fatality updates.

Provisional data on the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 17 suggested that a total of 22,351 people died. That represents a spike of 3,835 on the previous week.

Also on rt.com ‘It’s a national catastrophe’: BoJo ridiculed upon return after claiming many are looking at UK’s ‘APPARENT SUCCESS’ on Covid-19

The data indicates that the UK is on course to become one of Europe's worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic. The additional fatalities puts it ahead of France and Spain, as of April 17.

The shocking trebling of deaths in care homes in England and Wales in a matter of weeks contributed massively to the spiralling death toll. The stats office said that 7,316 people had died in care homes overall during the 16th week of 2020, almost treble the number reported in the 13th week.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts