More than 175,000 people in the UK have recorded COVID-19 on their death certificates since the pandemic began, new figures show.
t comes just days after the government’s preferred death count, which counts only those who have died within 28 days of testing positive, reached 150,000.
The UK has now recorded a total of 176,035 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This includes all instances where COVID-19 is mentioned on one’s death certificate, either as the main cause of death or as a contributing factor.
The ONS figures present a complete picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population as of now.
A total of 175,000 total 175,000 was passed on December 202021, but has only now been ratified due to the time taken for deaths to be recorded.
England and Wales recorded 8,477 deaths in the week ending 31 December 2021 (week 52).
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Because the government has limited numbers of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive, it has likely missed many deaths linked to the coronavirus – particularly during the first wave of the virus in spring 2020, When only a small amount of people were being tested for COVID-19, mostly in hospitals and care homes.
It has been almost two years since the UK’s first known death was linked to the coronavirus.
Peter Atwood, 84, of Chatham, Kent, died in hospital on 30 January 2020 – although COVID-19 was not formally recorded on his death certificate until late August of that year.
The cumulative number of coronavirus deaths exceeded 50,000 on 22 May 2020, reaching 100,000 on 6 January 2021 and 150,000 on 8 March 2021.
In contrast, the number of deaths on a narrower count basis did not reach 50,000 as of 7 November 2020, rose to 100,000 on 22 January 2021, and only reached 150,000 on 6 January this year – almost 10 months of a figure equivalent to a comprehensive death count. Afterwards.
These figures are based on when the deaths actually occurred, not when they were reported.
Nearly nine in 10 deaths with Covid-19 on death certificates have coronavirus as the primary cause of death, with a minority listing the virus as a contributing factor.
An analysis of ONS data by the PA news agency shows that:
The highest number of deaths due to Kovid-19 in a single day was 1,485 on 19 January 2021.
– During the first wave of the virus, the daily toll reached 1,461 on April 8, 2020.
– There were a total of 94,998 deaths linked to COVID-19 in the UK in 2020, compared to 81,037 in 2021 – although this figure will increase after all deaths at the end of last year are recorded.
– 57,596 deaths have occurred in the first wave (till 31 August 2020), 96,022 in the second wave (from 1 September 2020 to 22 May 2021) and in the third wave (from 23 May 2021) with 22,117 deaths so far. These calculations are based on the dates used by the ONS to classify the first, second and third waves.
Separate data published by the ONS on Tuesday showed that of the 582 deaths recorded in England and Wales for the week ending December 31, the death certificate mentions Covid-19.
It is down 32% in the previous week, but the ONS said the number was impacted by bank holidays on December 27 and 28, when register offices were likely to be closed.
Nearly one in 14 (6.9%) of all deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week to 31 December mentioned COVID-19 on death certificates.