Covid makes a comeback to top 10 causes of death in England

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A mask wearer in London  (PA)
A mask wearer in London (PA)

Coronavirus returned to the list of top ten causes of death in England in July.

Last month, Covid-19 was the ninth biggest causes of death in England which was up from 26th place in June.

Meanwhile in Wales last month, coronavirus was the 22nd leading cause of death after being unranked in June due to low death numbers.

Office for National Statistics figures show the number of deaths in England was 7.6 per cent higher than average. 

In Wales, it was 10.4 per cent higher.

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Covid has had the number one spot for cause of death in England and Wales for six months since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The most deadly months dominated by Covid deaths were April, May, November and December 2020 as well as January and February in 2021.

When Covid was the leading cause of death it has been by a long way, the data showed.

Heart disease and dementia usually have proved to be the biggest killers in England before the coronavirus pandemic.

For example, there were 27,277 Covid deaths in England and Wales in January 2021.  

As many as 5,982 people died due to the second biggest killer, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The figures have been based on people who list one condition as the underlying cause of death.

It does not include those who have Covid mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory cause.

On Monday, the Government has said a further 40 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday which brought the UK total to 131,680.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 156,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 31,914 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK.

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