Number of weekly deaths in England and Wales drops by nearly 2,000 - ONS

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The number of people dying weekly in England and Wales has dropped by almost 2,000, provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics show. 

Data revealed by the ONS shows 15,354 people died across the two nations in the week ending 12 February.

This was 1,838 fewer deaths than the previous week - but still, 3,429 (28%) higher than the five-year average for that week.

Of those people who died in the week ending 12 February (week six), some 37% involved coronavirus.

In week six, the number of COVID deaths decreased in all regions of England, with the biggest drop in the South East.

The figures are based on deaths registered up to 20 February and the number may rise as more deaths for that time are recorded.