CORONAVIRUS is linked to more than one in five deaths in England and Wales, new figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were 3,475 cases where Covid-19 was cited on the death certificate in the week ending April 3.
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The figures show 21 per cent of all deaths in England and Wales up to that date were caused by the killer bug.
In the week up to April 3, the total number of people who passed away – including non-Covid-19 fatalities – was more than 16,000, a new record high.
That grim figure is 6,000 more than normal at this time of the year when deaths tend to fall because there is less flu than in the winter.
The 16,000 deaths is the highest number the ONS has recorded since it started collecting data in 2005.
Nick Stripe, of the Office for National Statistics, said the rising number of deaths was "hugely significant" adding “this is not normal.”
The ONS collects figures where Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions.
Yet, the latest figures also do not include Northern Ireland and Scotland so the true number for the UK will be higher.
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