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Deaths from Covid were still responsible for one in THREE deaths in England in the first week of January

The number of Covid deaths in England nearly doubled in the first week of January, official figures revealed today, but the numbers were skewed due to delays in Christmas and New Year’s coverage.

A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 6,057 people died from the disease in the week to January 8, which was 93 percent more than the 3,144 the previous seven days.

However, statisticians say the numbers in this week’s release “should be interpreted with caution” because the week before included Boxing Day and New Years Day. The registration of fatalities on public holidays is often delayed.

Covid was still responsible for a third (34.1 percent) of the 17,751 total deaths in England in the past week, meaning that about the same number of people died as in the last week of December (31.2 percent).

Every English region saw deaths from the virus increase in the first seven days of January, the ONS said, with the Southeast recording the highest number with 1,197 deaths, followed by 1,047 in London and 816 in the East of England. The Northeast (229) and Southwest (285) suffered the fewest deaths.

Of the 6,057 victims who died from Covid across England, 5,367 had the virus recorded as the underlying cause of death (89 percent). Flu and pneumonia, by comparison, killed 4,649 people in the past week, but only 380 recorded the conditions as the direct causes of death (8 percent).

Coronavirus infections across England are already on the decline thanks to national lockdown measures that took effect on January 4, declining by a third in a week, but due to the delay in the time it takes a patient to become seriously ill from the disease fatalities are likely to occur in a week or two.

Separate data from the RVS also found that Covid-19 deaths in care homes doubled last week, after Boris Johnson pledged to vaccinate all elderly residents against the disease by February. So far, only half of nursing home residents, who had to queue for injections in December, but missed due to logistical problems handling the Pfizer vaccine, have been vaccinated against the virus.

The RVS produced the first weekly dataset on the registered deaths of care home residents, including deaths in the care home but also elsewhere. The study found that in the week ending January 8, 1,370 deaths among nursing home residents involving Covid-19 were recorded.

The number of deaths with the virus of residents of care homes, as reported to the Care Quality Committee (CQC), has almost doubled in fourteen days.

One in EIGHT people in England had already had Covid-19 in December, US antibody study reveals

One in eight people in England – about 5.4 million people – had already had Covid-19 in December last year, the Office for National Statistics estimates today.

Blood tests on a random sample of the population, to check for signs of immunity to Covid-19, suggested that 12 percent of people had been infected in the past.

This was more than one in 14 people in October, suggesting that as much as five percent of the land was contaminated, even during the early parts of the second wave.

An expert said the study suggests the coronavirus is ‘much more widespread in the UK than previously thought’.

And since January 1, nearly a million people have been officially diagnosed with the virus, so the percentage who have already had it will likely be even higher now.

The ONS study, which regularly collects blood samples from a group of people intended to represent the population, suggested that the signs of immunity are strongest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where antibodies were found in 17 percent of people.

London – which has been hit hardest in both the first and second waves – saw the second highest contamination rate in the past at 16.4 percent.

Six of the nine regions had levels higher than the England average, with only the Southeast, Southwest and East of England showing lower signs of immunity than the country as a whole.

There were 1,260 deaths related to Covid-19 in nursing homes reported to the CQC in the week ending January 15, an increase of 45 percent from the 864 deaths reported during the week before.

And it’s nearly double the 661 deaths reported to the regulator in the week ending Jan. 1. There were also 422 CQC-reported deaths of nursing home residents in hospitals involving Covid-19 in the week ending January 15, and 24 were found elsewhere or in an unlisted location.

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Social Care Minister, responded in response to the number of Covid-19-related deaths in nursing homes: a race against time to vaccinate residents and staff.

The government must leave no stone unturned to deliver on its promise to complete vaccinations for nursing homes in all parts of the country next Sunday. Ministers must also guarantee that no one will be discharged from hospitals to nursing homes without a current Covid-19 test and instead of pressuring homes to accept Covid-19 positive patients, they should create a network of intermediate or ‘retiring ‘set up facilities. instead.’

The ONS said 34.1 percent of all deaths recorded in the week ending Jan. 8 listed Covid-19 on the death certificate – the highest rate since the week ending May 1.

All regions of England registered an increase in the number of recorded Covid-19 deaths in the week to January 8.

More than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths were recorded in two regions in the week to January 8: South East England, where the total rose from 523 deaths to 1,197 week-on-week; and London, where the total rose from 492 to 1,047.

In the week to January 8, 816 people were killed in East England, up from 325 the week before. A third ONS study found that one in eight people in England – about 5.4 million people – had already had Covid-19 in December last year.

Blood tests on a random sample of the population, to check for signs of immunity to Covid-19, suggested that 12 percent of people had been infected in the past.

This was more than one in 14 people in October, suggesting that as much as five percent of the land was contaminated, even during the early parts of the second wave.

An expert said the study suggests the coronavirus is ‘much more widespread in the UK than previously thought’.

And since January 1, nearly a million people have been officially diagnosed with the virus, so the percentage who have already had it will likely be even higher now.

The ONS study, which regularly collects blood samples from a group of people intended to represent the population, suggested that the signs of immunity are strongest in Yorkshire and the Humber, where antibodies were found in 17 percent of people.

London – which has been hit hardest in both the first and second waves – saw the second highest contamination rate in the past at 16.4 percent.

Six of the nine regions had levels higher than the England average, with only the Southeast, Southwest and East of England showing lower signs of immunity than the country as a whole.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates how many people have already had coronavirus by checking blood samples from adults over age 16 for antibodies.

Antibodies are substances produced by the immune system that are essential for destroying viruses or marking them for destruction by white blood cells. Its presence in the blood generally means that a person has partial or complete immunity from getting another disease.

They can only be made by someone who comes into contact with the exact virus to which they are related, or by someone who is vaccinated against the virus.

This means that this could be the ONS ‘latest clean antibody study, with the data not clouded by the fact that millions of people have had a vaccine and will now show the same sign of immunity.

The report said, “The estimates suggest that antibody positivity has increased in the past month.”

And the ONS added in a tweet, “Our data shows that Covid-19 contamination rates remain high.”

A surge in the percentage of people who test positive for antibodies is another sign of the devastating effect the second wave has had on the UK, rising from just 7% in October to 12% in December.

This suggests that at least five percent of the country was caught and recovered from the coronavirus in just two months after the second wave in the fall. This only applies to people over the age of 16 who live at home, and not to residents of nursing homes or people who have died from the virus.

It’s also possible that people with very mild disease don’t develop enough antibodies for a test to pick them up, so the actual number may be even higher – about a third of people who contract the virus report no symptoms.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, said: ‘This study shows that infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is much more widespread in the UK than previously thought, with an estimated one in ten people infected with December 2020.

‘Measuring antibodies in the blood is an indication of a previous infection, but does not indicate when that infection occurred.

“Significant increases in antibody positivity were observed between November 2020 and December 2020 in England, Wales and Scotland, although these are estimates with wide variations, including substantial differences between regions in England.”

He added: ‘The implications are that the infection rate increased significantly between November and December.

This raises some important questions about the potential impact of the UK variant virus on infection rates – this variant is more transmissible and may be responsible for the increased levels of infection as detected by antibodies. It’s also interesting from the perspective of the vaccine.

“We are still unsure about the impact of vaccination on the levels and duration of protective immunity in people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2.”

The testing program estimated that outbreaks did not reach the population in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as deeply as they did in England.

In Wales, an estimated one in 10 people would have tested positive for antibodies in December – one in 11 in Scotland and one in 13 in Northern Ireland.

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