North East the only region to see a rise in registered weekly deaths involving coronavirus according to Office for National Statistics

The North East was the only region in England to see a rise in registered deaths involving coronavirus in the week ending June 26, the Office for National Statistics said.

The North East saw two more deaths registered compared to the previous week while all other regions reported a fall.

ONS data does not provide further, more localised information on where the deaths occurred.

But in Sunderland and South Tyneside, no hospital deaths have been recorded since June 21. In Hartlepool, the last recorded hospital death was on June 27.

There were a total of 8,979 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to June 26, 314 fewer than the five-year average of 9,293. It’s the second week in a row that deaths have been below the five-year average.

The number of deaths in care homes and hospitals in the week to June 26 was also below the five-year average (103 and 815 deaths lower respectively), while the number of deaths in private homes was 745 higher.

Of those deaths registered in the week to June 26, 606 mentioned 'novel coronavirus' on the death certificate – the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending March 27.

The regions where the number of registered deaths was above the five-year average were north-west England (7.4% above), the East Midlands (0.6% above) and north-east England (0.6% above).

Coronavirus in the North East.

The six regions with fewer deaths were south-west England (0.2% below), Yorkshire & the Humber (0.4% below), the West Midlands (2.4% below), south-east England (9.5% below), London (9.8% below) and eastern England (12.6% below).

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