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Coronavirus: Deaths in England and Wales over one week fall below five-year average for first time since March | UK News

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The number of registered deaths in England and Wales has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since the lockdown began, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

There were a total of 9,339 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 19 June – 65 fewer than the five-year average of 9,404.

It is the first time that number has fallen below the five-year average since 13 March.

In care homes and hospitals, the number of deaths also fell below the average, with 49 and 782 fewer deaths respectively.

However, in private homes there were 827 excess deaths.

Of those 9,339 registered deaths, 783 mentioned “novel coronavirus” – the lowest number of deaths involving the illness for 12 weeks.

Tuesday’s new ONS figures bring the total number of excess deaths since the coronavirus outbreak began to just over 65,000 – largely unchanged from last week.

Sky’s economics editor Ed Conway said: “For the first time since COVID-19 started killing people here, the number of people dying across the UK below the seasonal average.

“It may have taken longer than anyone hoped for, but this wave of excess deaths seems to be over.”

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