Coronavirus no longer among 10 biggest killers in England – as bug accounted for just 1.4% deaths in August

THE CORONAVIRUS is no longer among the 10 biggest killers in England, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

As cases continue to rise across the country, new data revealed that the bug accounted for 1.4 per cent of deaths in August.

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Conditions such as dementia and heart disease feature at the top of the list as well as other respiratory conditions.

In August there were 34,750 deaths registered in England, with Covid-19 accounting for 1.4 per cent of all deaths.

Last month the virus was listed as the eighth biggest killer.

The figures come as it was announced yesterday that 3,395 people had been infected by the virus, with the total number of cases in the UK at 381,614.

While more people are seeking tests for the virus many are struggling to access them due to capacity constraints.

Data from the ONS revealed that in England, the virus was the 24th most common cause of death, while in Wales it was the 19th.

The total number of deaths in August are 2,060 lower than the five year average.

In July there were 38,179 registered deaths in England.

The ONS stated that the leading causes of death in August were dementia and Alzheimer's disease in England – which accounted for 10.9 per cent of all deaths.

In Wales the leading cause was ischaemic heart disease which accounted for 11 per cent of all deaths.

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



There were 80.6 deaths per 100,000 of the population in August from the condition, which equated to 3,777 deaths.

The second most common cause of death was ischaemic heart diseases with 77.8 deaths per 100,000 – which equates to 3,618 deaths.

At the height of the pandemic in April, Covid-19 killed 623 people per 100,000 in England.

The data released by the ONS today could be a sign that the pandemic is on its way out as less people succumb to the virus.

The ONS stated that in most cases where Covid was present on the death certificate – it was the leading cause of death.

Other causes of death that featured in the top ten included bronchus and lung conditions, cerebrovascular diseases and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

Influenza and pneumonia were listed as the eighth biggest killer.

It comes after it was revealed earlier this week that the flu is killing ten times more people than the coronavirus.

Figures released on Tuesday 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.

Following the flu and pneumonia is conditions such asprostate cancer and lymphatic conditions.

While coronavirus did not feature in the top ten causes of deaths, experts have warned that the UK could be on the brink of lockdown as hospital admissions double each day.

Mr Hancock today said that the number of "people being hospitalised is doubling every 8 days" in a sign the virus is spreading exponentially again.

He warned: "The country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge. That the virus is accelerating."

The ONS stated that the proportions of deaths that occurred in hospital were lower in 2020 to date than the five-year average.

The report stated: "Of the 365,889 deaths that occurred in England in 2020 (and were registered by 5 September), 41.1 per cent (150,396 deaths) occurred in hospital, compared with 46.3 per cent for the five-year average.

"In Wales, 47.8 per cent of the 23,416 deaths that occurred in 2020 to date happened in hospital (11,196 deaths), compared with 54.3 per cent for the five-year average."

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