COVID-19: England and Wales record second highest weekly coronavirus deaths since pandemic began
There were 8,433 deaths linked to coronavirus in the final full week of January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The figure is up slightly from 8,422 deaths in the week to January 22.
Nearly half (45.7%) of all deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to 29 January mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate – the highest proportion recorded during the pandemic.
A total of 126,023 deaths had occurred in the UK by 29 January where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
There were 19 consecutive days in January – from January 7 to 25 – when the daily death toll was above 1,000.
This could change once more deaths have been registered for…