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Covid was still the fourth biggest killer in England in December, official data shows

Covid was still the fourth biggest killer in England in December, official data shows

  • There were 2,856 Covid deaths recorded in England and Wales last month, down 18.1% from November’s total
  • Covid was the third biggest killer the month before but fell in December despite skyrocketing infection rates
  • Share of people who mainly die from the virus has fallen slightly from 85 percent to 84 percent

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Covid became the fourth-leading killer in England and Wales last month, despite an unprecedented wave of infections from the Omicron variant, official data shows.

The Office for National Statistics’ monthly report found 2,856 Covid deaths had been recorded in England and Wales last month, 18.1 percent less than the 3,487 the month before, when it was the third leading cause of death.

But the proportion of people who mainly die from the virus fell slightly from 85 percent to 84 percent during the month. The proportion of deaths primarily caused by the virus is said to have fallen even further this month, with a quarter of last week’s fatalities coincidentally being Covid.

Critics have called for daily publications of Covid statistics to be made clearer or removed altogether to avoid skewing the severity of the pandemic now, with the Omicron wave known to be much milder.

Last month, dementia, heart disease and chronic lung disease were all bigger killers than the virus, which accounted for just 5.4 percent of all deaths in England.

Although the number of Covid deaths fell last month as Omicron pushed infections to record levels, there are signs in the daily statistics that they have started to rise this month. There is a delay of up to a month between people who become seriously ill from Covid and people who become seriously ill, meaning that an increase in infections normally only translates into death weeks later.

Covid was still the fourth biggest killer in England in

Covid fell last month, becoming the fourth biggest killer in England as Omicron swept the country, official data shows

Last month, dementia, heart disease and chronic lung disease were all bigger killers than the virus, which accounted for just 5.4 percent of all deaths in England

Last month, dementia, heart disease and chronic lung disease were all bigger killers than the virus, which accounted for just 5.4 percent of all deaths in England

Last month, dementia, heart disease and chronic lung disease were all bigger killers than the virus, which accounted for just 5.4 percent of all deaths in England

The proportion of people dying primarily as a result of the virus fell slightly from 85 percent to 84 percent over the month — a symptom of the extremely contagious but mild strain

The proportion of people dying primarily as a result of the virus fell slightly from 85 percent to 84 percent over the month — a symptom of the extremely contagious but mild strain

The proportion of people dying primarily as a result of the virus fell slightly from 85 percent to 84 percent over the month — a symptom of the extremely contagious but mild strain

The back-to-school effect? Covid cases are already on the rise among primary school age children

Covid infections are on the rise among primary school children in England, official data shows in what could be a sign of the back-to-school effect.

Statisticians at the Office for National Statistics estimate that eight percent of young people aged two to 11 had Covid on any given day in the week to January 15, the equivalent of one in 13, a slight increase from 7 percent the week before. .

The rate, based on Pap smears from 160,000 people across the country, is the highest of any other age group, with 20- to 34-year-olds having the second highest rate (one in 17).

While rates fall or level off in every other age group, they still rise in children. Only five percent of young people under the age of 12 had the virus a month earlier.

It comes after kids returned to class on January 4 after a two-week break over the festive period.

Despite rising infections among primary and preschool children, the ONS found that infections have fallen across England for the first time since Omicron launched last week.

The ONS data shows that Covid caused about 56.3 deaths per 100,000 people in England during the month, making it the country’s fourth-highest killer.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia died the most, with more than double the death rate (127.6 per 100,000).

Overall, coronavirus deaths in England fell 16 percent from 3,185 in November to 2,684 in December. They fell 43 percent in Wales from 302 to 172.

Wales introduced stricter Covid restrictions on Boxing Day, reintroduced the six-indoor rule and banned sporting events and nightclubs.

But the ONS data shows that the number of deaths in the country may have already fallen before the announcements, as they factor in fatalities throughout the month.

In England there were a total of 49,428 deaths from all causes, up 17.5 percent from the December five-year average.

A total of 3,336 deaths were recorded in Wales this month, 470 deaths (16.4 per cent) more than the average for this time of year.

The numbers come after cases continued to fall for the 15th day in a row yesterday as the Omicron wave appeared to be abating.

Yesterday, another 330 Covid deaths were recorded, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last Thursday. The latest hospital data shows there were 1,905 Covid admissions on January 16, a 13 percent drop from the week before.

SAGE warned there could be a ‘long tail’ of infections as the UK emerges from the fourth wave that ‘still needs to be managed’.

But rising hospitalization rates and the widening gap between infections and deaths have given the prime minister confidence to lift Plan B restrictions next week.

Boris Johnson has also revealed that he plans to repeal all Covid laws by spring, including mandatory isolation for positive Covid cases. WFH guidance and masks in schools were the first measures to be officially abolished today.

Sajid Javid doubled down on the government’s decision to remove the curbs and indicated that ministers are willing to tolerate more than 20,000 Covid deaths a year without reintroducing measures.

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