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Covid-19: About 50,000 excess deaths in UK over 5 weeks – ONS

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There are 46,494 excess deaths in England and Wales over five weeks, figures from the Office of National Statistics show.

According to official data published on Tuesday, more than 33,000 people in England and Wales died from coronavirus as of early May, though estimations suggest there has been close to 50,000 excess deaths.

In the first five weeks of the outbreak, 108,345 deaths were registered by the Office for National Statistics – which is 46,494 more than the five-year average.

The ONS figures also showed care homes now account for a third of all Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales.

“Care homes (are) showing the slowest decline, sadly,” ONS statistician Nick Stripe told the BBC.

“For the first time that I can remember, there were more deaths in total in care homes than there were in hospitals in that week.”

Taking into account figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland, a total of 38,289 people had died from Covid-19 as of 3 May.

However, the government uses separate data from the Department of Health and Social Care, which claims that, to date, there have been 32,065 recorded deaths across the UK

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