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Flu and pneumonia STILL kills ten times more people than Covid – which claimed 78 lives last week


FLU and pneumonia are killing ten times more people in England than Covid-19, new figures show.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that deaths from coronavirus fell below 100 for the first time since March.

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It comes as cases of the virus across the UK continue to rise.

Yesterday the number of coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 2,621, as nine more deaths were recorded.

It brings the total number of positive test results in Britain to 371,125, with an overall death toll of 41,637.

According to the latest data available, 79 Covid patients are currently on a ventilator in hospitals around the UK.

Figures released today for the week ending September 4 from the ONS showed that the virus was responsible for just one per cent of all fatalities in England and Wales during that time period.

This was a decrease of 22.8 per cent compared with week 35, which equates to a difference of 23 deaths.

Officials claimed that the drop was in part to the August bank holiday – with 78 deaths in total having been registered in England and Wales.

Looking at England and the number of deaths decreased from 8,425 in week 35 to 7,232 this week.

In Wales it decreased from 591 to 488.

It is the twentieth consecutive week that the number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 has fallen.

 

 

In both England and Wales, 12.8 per cent of deaths mentioned flu and pneumonia, Covid-19 or both compared with 12.6 per cent the week before.

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The ONS includes data on flu and pneumonia as it claims it has “somewhat similar risk factors to Covid-19”.

The data also revealed that the elderly are still registering the largest amount of deaths.

The ONS stated: “The number of deaths involving Covid-19 remained higher in the older age groups, with those aged 90 years and over accounting for the highest number of deaths involving Covid-19 (20.5%).”

It was previously reported that the coronavirus had been overtaken by other conditions such as heart disease, as the biggest killer.

New data on the leading causes of death in England and Wales is set to be published later this week.

The most recent data set from the ONS states that the leading causes of death in July were dementia and Alzheimer’s disease which accounted for 10.6 per cent of all deaths in England, and ischaemic heart disease which accounted for 11.7 per cent of all deaths in Wales.

Alzheimer’s disease has been the leading cause of death in England since 2015.

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In July it accounted for 4,034 deaths in England.

While deaths from the coronavirus seem to have slowed, cases continue to rise in the UK.

Public Health England data also showed that more than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Birmingham in the seven days to September 10.

Many people across the UK are struggling to get tests

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Many people across the UK are struggling to get tests Credit: PA:Press Association

A total of 1,014 new cases were recorded – the equivalent of 88.8 cases per 100,000 people, up from 53.0 in the previous week.

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Other cities recording sharp increases in their weekly rate include Sunderland (up from 34.2 to 94.3, with 262 new cases); Liverpool (up from 32.9 to 85.1, with 424 new cases); Manchester (up from 54.3 to 77.4, with 428 new cases); and Leeds (up from 48.4 to 69.8, with 554 new cases).

In total, 210 of the 315 local authority areas in England recorded an increase in the weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in the seven days to September 10.

Towns and cities across the UK are battling a surge in cases of Covid-19 and a lack of capacity has meant many Brits are unable to access tests locally when they develop symptoms.

A shortage of tests has also meant that many children have been unable to return to school as parents struggle to get access to tests.

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No tests are available in any of the country’s top ten Covid-19 hotspots, it emerged last night.

The shortage applies to all three tests available – home testing kits, drive-through sites and walk-ins.

The government is currently battling a backlog of 185,000 swabs.

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