Almost 40,000 have died with COVID-19 in England and Wales, ONS says

The number of people to have died with coronavirus in England and Wales, up to 8 May, was almost 40,000, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics has said the number stands at 39,071.

Weekly deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 8 May were 12,657 – a decrease for the third week running, but 3,081 more than the five-year average for week 19, Sky’s economics editor Ed Conway said.

Of those, 3,930 mentioned COVID-19 in the certificate – 31.1% of all deaths; a decrease of 2,105 deaths compared with the week before.

The number of deaths in care homes from all causes for week 19 decreased from 6,409 to 4,248.

However, deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes continued to rise to 39.2% compared with 37.8% in week 18.

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