Excess deaths in the UK have continued to soar, as Covid deaths decreased for fourth week in a row, the latest data shows.
A total of 10,942 deaths from all causes were registered in England and Wales in the week to 26 August, according to the Office for National Statistics.
This is 16.6%above the five-year average, the equivalent of 1,556 “excess deaths” during this week.
However, new figures show a continued downward trend in deaths involving Covid-19, which have fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of July.
A total of 453 deaths registered in the seven days to