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England and Wales had nearly 3,000 Covid deaths week before Christmas, ONS figures show

Almost 3,000 people died from coronavirus in England and Wales in the week up to Christmas Day, new figures show.

Coronavirus was mentioned on one in four death certificates that week (25.3% of all fatalities), said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 2,912 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the seven days to December 25, a slight decrease of 2.5% from the previous week, when there were 2,986 fatalities.

However, the ONS said the actual total is higher because the Christmas Day bank holiday resulted in fewer deaths being registered.

England’s total was 2,631 deaths involving coronavirus, accounting for 24.6% of all fatalities, while Wales’ 278 Covid-19 deaths accounted for 33.7% of all fatalities.

The Government’s official death toll is 76,305 as of Tuesday.

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However, the true toll is more than 92,000 when fatalities where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate are included.

On Tuesday, the UK set a record for daily confirmed cases as 60,916 people tested positive in the previous 24 hours.

It is the first time the daily number has passed 60,000. Read from source….