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Covid is now behind a THIRD of all deaths in England and Wales

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One in every three deaths in England and Wales was linked to coronavirus in the final days of last year, official figures reveal, as a separate analysis finds the virus drove the sharpest rise in fatalities since 1940.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) numbers show 31.2 per cent of deaths in the five days to January 2 – 3,144 out of 10,069 – had Covid mentioned on their death certificates. This is the highest proportion in the second wave.

The number of deaths from the virus rose by eight per cent – 232 more people – compared to the previous week, despite the figures reported covering two fewer days than a normal week. 

Coronavirus drove the steepest climb in deaths for 80 years, a separate report found, after killing about one per cent of those infected and disrupting healthcare for patients including those suffering from cancer.

The mortality rate – the number of deaths per 1,000 people – surged by 12.1 per cent last year after 604,000 fatalities from all causes were recorded, including 77,700 where the virus was mentioned on the death certificate. 

It hasn’t surged so much since 1940, when the Blitz and war with Germany led to 590,000 deaths and a 20 per cent jump in the rate. Excluding warfare, figures reveal it is the sharpest rise in almost a century, with the last rise of 12 per cent recorded in 1929 when the country was in the grips of the Great Depression.

A MailOnline analysis yesterday revealed Britain could suffer as many as 120,000 deaths from coronavirus alone before the pandemic comes to an end, with countless further deaths predicted from disruption to healthcare.

Boris Johnson is desperately ramping up the roll out of the vaccine to get it into the arms of 13million of the most vulnerable Britons – over 70s, frontline NHS staff, care home residents and vulnerable Britons – by mid-February in a determined drive to turn the tide on the pandemic.

The UK opened more than seven mass vaccination centres yesterday, with official figures showing the Government has already sent its vaccination rate soaring to more than 300,000 a day. 

Department of Health figures reveal the UK has recorded almost 82,000 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began in March last year. And separate numbers from the ONS, said to be more reliable because they include fatalities registered later, say more than 98,000 deaths involving Covid-19 were recorded in England and Wales since the pandemic began.

The mortality rate in England and Wales has surged by the highest amount since 1940, official figures reveal. Above are Britons receiving the Covid-19 vaccine which it is hoped will drive down the death rate

The mortality rate in England and Wales has surged by the highest amount since 1940, official figures reveal. Above are Britons receiving the Covid-19 vaccine which it is hoped will drive down the death rate

CORONAVIRUS DRIVES THE SHARPEST RISE IN DEATHS IN 80 YEARS, ANALYSIS SUGGESTS

Coronavirus has driven the sharpest rise in the number of excess deaths in England and Wales since 1940, when the country was in the grips of World War Two.

The mortality rate – the number of deaths per 1,000 people – surged by 12.1 per cent last year, analysis reveals, after 604,000 fatalities from all causes were recorded. This included 77,700 where the virus was mentioned on the death certificate. 

It hasn’t leapt this much since 1940, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), when the Blitz led to 590,000 deaths and a 20 per cent jump. 

But removing the war reveals it hasn’t spiralled by 12 per cent in almost a century, staying below this level since the Great Depression ravaged the country in 1929.

It comes amid warnings Britain could face as many as 120,000 deaths from coronavirus alone before the pandemic comes to an end, with many more triggered by disrupted healthcare for other conditions. 

Analysis of ONS figures by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for Sky News revealed the sharp jump in the mortality rate.

Experts consider the rate to be the best measure of how the virus has torn through the country, because it takes into account the size of the population.

This means it is possible to compare populations of different sizes, and hence deaths in one year next to those in previous years.

A total of 67million people lived in the UK in 2020, according to official estimates, 16million more than the numbers thought to be in the country in 1950. 

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The ONS report revealed more than 98,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK.

A total of 93,030 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate have been registered so far, according to the ONS.

This includes 84,449 deaths in England and Wales up to January 1, which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.

Since these statistics were compiled, a further 4,869 have occurred in England, plus 117 in Scotland, 245 in Wales and 118 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Together, these totals mean that so far 98,379 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.

The report also revealed that the total number of deaths registered in the last five days of 2020 were 26.6 per cent above the five-year average or 2,115 higher.

All seven regions of England had a higher number of deaths than average for the eighth week in a row.

Despite the shortened reporting period – five days instead of seven – the number of deaths involving Covid-19 also increased in five regions – the North West, East of England, London, South East and South West.

This suggests the second wave may be gathering pace, and that spiralling infections in November and early December are now being reflected in the death rate.

There is a lag between the two as it takes roughly three weeks for someone who is infected with the virus to become so severely ill they end up in hospital and sadly die from the virus.

It is thought around one per cent of all who catch the virus die from it, as suggested by a study compiled by experts who have been studying Covid-19 since it first emerged in China back in March.

But some experts have disputed this figure, claiming the death rate may have fallen to 0.5 per cent because of improvements in healthcare for patients suffering from the virus and new medicines that have been discovered.

A separate analysis of ONS figures by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for Sky News revealed this year saw the sharpest jump in the mortality rate since 1940. 

Experts consider the rate to be the best measure of how the virus has torn through the country, because it takes into account the size of the population.

This means it is possible to compare populations of different sizes, and hence deaths in one year next to those in previous years. A total of 67million people lived in the UK in 2020, according to official estimates, 16million more than the numbers thought to be in the country in 1950.

The mortality rate also surged by more than 12 per cent in 1918, when the Spanish flu epidemic and the end of the First World War crossed over, and in the 1850s when the potato blight led to famine.

The 604,000 deaths recorded in 2020 are also the highest number since 1918, when 600,000 were registered according to official figures.

Experts believe the UK could face another 25,000 deaths because of infections that occurred over the last three weeks, which is roughly how long it takes for a patient to become severely ill and die from the virus

Experts believe the UK could face another 25,000 deaths because of infections that occurred over the last three weeks, which is roughly how long it takes for a patient to become severely ill and die from the virus

MailOnline analysis warned yesterday Britain could face a further 25,000 deaths from the virus in the next four weeks, with many more predicted from other causes.

Department of Health figures show the UK’s official toll currently stands at 82,000 – half of which have occurred since the start of the second wave in September. But this could surge as high as 120,000 by March, should the second wave not peak for the next two weeks.

Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious diseases expert at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline: ‘The correct answer is that we don’t really know how many people will die. There’s still a lot of uncertainty with how effective the current lockdowns will be at actually reversing the increase in cases.’ 

Professor Kevin McConway, a statistician at the Open University, said the suggestion was ‘not a million miles off’.

The Prime Minister has promised to get all top priority Britons — the over-70s, adults with underlying conditions, NHS staff and care home residents and workers — vaccinated against the virus by mid-February.

Matt Hancock yesterday revealed 2.3million people in the UK have now had a Covid vaccine, hitting a rate of around 200,000 jabs per day.

Boris Johnson last week pledged to hit 200,000 doses a day by this Friday, meaning the target appears to have been met early after the number of people to receive their first dose of the vaccine has almost doubled in a week, from 1.3m on Sunday, January 3, to 2.6m by today.  

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