Excess Deaths Fall Below Zero

The number of excess deaths in England and Wales has fallen below zero for the first time in six months, according to ONS data.

The ONS reports:

The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales decreased from 11,592 in Week 9 (week ending March 5th 2021) to 10,987 in Week 10 (week ending March 12th 2021). The number of deaths was 4.4% below the five-year average (511 deaths fewer). 

In England, the number of deaths decreased from 10,882 in Week 9 to 10,277 in Week 10, which was 468 deaths (4.4%) fewer than the Week 10 five-year average. This is the first time that deaths have been lower than the five-year average in England since the week ending September 4th 2020 (Week 36).

In Wales, the number of deaths decreased from 689 in Week 9 to 685 in Week 10, which was 35 deaths (4.9%) fewer than the Week 10 five-year average. This is the second consecutive week deaths have been lower than the five-year average in Wales.

Given this data, and the fact that half of all UK adults have received a Covid vaccine, is it not about time that Britain unlocks?

The ONS’ findings are worth reading in full.

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