The Office for National Statistics have issued their latest analysis of the pandemic which states that the number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 24 July 2020 was 217. This is 2.4% of all deaths in that week, with a total of 8,891 deaths having been registered. Up to the 24 July 2020 there were 51,505 deaths involving Coronavirus registered in England and Wales. We looked at the impact on Devon and our local community in a recent insight.
The number of deaths registered for the period was 1.8% below the five-year average (161 deaths fewer); this is the sixth consecutive week that deaths have been below the five-year average.
The number of deaths in care homes, hospitals and other communal establishments remained below the five-year average, while the number of deaths in private homes continued to be higher than the five-year average (727 more deaths).
Of the deaths registered, 217 mentioned "novel coronavirus (COVID-19)", the lowest number of deaths involving COVID-19 in the last 18 weeks and a 26.4% decrease compared with the previous week (295 deaths), accounting for 2.4% of all deaths in England and Wales.
Whilst it is good to see the number of deaths from COVID-19 falling there is also news that there may be a second wave later this year. This is therefore a good time to review your and your families affairs, along with any later life planning. If you would like any assistance in preparing a Will or Lasting Powers of Attorney to help safeguard you and your loved ones then please contact our team.