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Weekly number of deaths in England and Wales 2021

There were 8201 deaths registered in England and Wales for the week ending April 2, 2021, approximately three thousand fewer than the average for this week between 2015 and 2019, and a signal of the improving Coronavirus situation in the UK.

Coronavirus in the UK

The first few cases of Coronavirus in the United Kingdom were recorded on January 31, 2020, but it was not until a month later that cases began to rise exponentially. By March 5, there were more than 100 cases, rising to one thousand nine days later and passing 10 thousand cumulative cases by March 26. At the height of the pandemic in late April and early May there were around 6 thousand new cases being recorded daily.

How many deaths has COVID-19 caused?

As of March 23, 2021, there had been over 126 thousand confirmed deaths caused by COVID-19 in the UK. This tragic figure means that the UK currently has the fifth-highest number of Coronavirus deaths worldwide. While the UK has clearly suffered significantly from the pandemic, it has also managed to execute one of the fastest vaccination programs in the world, and may be one of the first major countries to achieve herd immunity as a consequence.

Weekly number of deaths in England and Wales from week ending January 6, 2017 to week ending April 2, 2021

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Release date

April 2021


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

January 5, 2018 to April 2, 2021

Supplementary notes

*Average number of deaths in UK for the corresponding week in the previous five years

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