Coronavirus deaths continue to rise in England and Wales, ONS data show

Covid deaths continue to rise in England and Wales: ONS reveals 1,937 victims in most recent week - with coronavirus to blame for one in six fatalities Weekly Office for National Statistics report shows 16.4 per cent of deaths are now linked to Covid-19 Deaths have risen for nine weeks in a row as effects of Britain's second wave are felt in all regions North West of England accounted for a quarter of all Covid deaths in the first week of this month Numbers of fatalities will continue to rise even as infections decline in lockdown, because of lag to death 

By Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 10:37 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 11:00 GMT, 17 November 2020

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The number of people dying with Covid-19 rose for the ninth week in a row at the start of November and the virus now accounts for one in every six deaths in England and Wales.

A weekly report by the Office for National Statistics showed that a total 1,937 people died between October 31 and November 6 and had coronavirus mentioned on their death certificate, up from 1,379 the week before.

ONS experts found that deaths of all causes are now above average in every region of England except for London, where they are on par with normal for this time of the year. London deaths were still below average last week. 

The most fatalities are being recorded in the North West of England, which saw 419 more people die than usual in the first week of this month – an increase of 31.4 per cent.

The region, which includes Liverpool and Manchester, has borne the brunt of England's second wave of coronavirus and, although infections there are now declining, deaths will continue to rise as records catch up with people who were infected weeks or even months ago. It takes an average of two or three weeks to die after infection.

Excess deaths –

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