According to official data, the death rate from Covid fell by five percent in England last month. A separate release however suggests that deaths are starting to increase. 

The ONS data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the death rate for Covid was 50.8 for every 100,000 people in October, compared to 64.4 for each 100,000 in September. The monthly Covid mortality rate fell for the first time since May.

One in twenty (5.6%) of all deaths during the month was caused by the coronavirus, which is the third leading cause of death behind dementia (101.7 per 1000,00) and heart disease (90.1 for 100,000).

However, an ONS separate report showed that virus deaths are starting to trend upwards again in this month.

Deaths in England rose to 943 in the week ending November 12, up from 892 the previous seven-day spell — a rise of 5.7 per cent — while they increased from 75 to 98 in Wales (30 per cent).

Across both England and Wales, 1,020 deaths mentioned Covid on the death certificate during the week ending November 12— the first time coronavirus fatalities breached the 1,000 mark since the week ending March 14.

Death rates usually fall behind cases increases by about two weeks. However, while infections rebounded after children returned from school, this month’s death toll has started to decline partly because of the new booster vaccine rollout.

Experts warn that there will be an increase in infections during winter. However, hospitalisations should not rise due to vaccine rollouts.

Yesterday, Mr Zahawi, Education Secretary predicted that Britain would be the first to defeat the pandemic. This is because the virus spreads over summer after Covid restrictions are lifted.

Office for National Statistics data show that Covid has contributed to a fifth of the deaths in England last month. Graph: Covid death rate per 100,000, age adjusted

But a separate release from the ONS showed deaths have started to pick up again this month, rising to an eight-month high in the week ending November 12

However, an ONS separate report showed that death rates have increased this month and reached their highest level in eight months during the week ended November 12.

Covid was the third largest killer in England in October, with dementia and Alzheimer's accounting for the most fatalities and heart disease killing the second most people

Covid was third in England’s most deadly killer in October. Alzheimer’s and dementia accounted for most of the deaths, while heart disease killed the second-most people.

Since May, the Covid mortality rate has been rising in England. This was before last month’s decline in death due to the virus. 

Deaths by all causes also decreased from 44,474 in September to 43,435 in October — with 912 per 100,000 dying last month.

UK sees an increase of 13% daily in Covid cases to 44.917, but death rates are slightly lower with 45 victims 

Daily Covid cases in the UK have increased by 10% in the past week, but the number of deaths has fallen for the fourth consecutive day. Former vaccines minister Nadhim Zhawi says that Britain is the first nation to be able to beat the virus.

Another 44,917 infections were recorded yesterday, an increase of 13.1 per cent on the 39,705 cases registered last Monday, according to the Government’s Covid dashboard. 

The trend in cases has been upwards over the last fortnight since schools returned from half-term break at beginning of month.  

The death toll has fallen to its lowest level since the beginning of each month. Due to weekend reporting delays, Monday’s figure is often lower than that of the week. Hospitalisations declined by 10% week-on-week. 

The trend is two to three week behind in both cases because of a delay between the time a person gets Covid and becomes severely unwell.  

In an early sign of the booster effect, infections are already falling among over-80s, fuelling hopes that the jabs being dished out to youngsters — who are fuelling the latest rise — will similarly bring down case numbers. 

Experts warn that there will be an increase in infections during winter. However, hospitalisations should not rise due to vaccine rollouts. 

The announcement comes at a time when Education Secretary Mr Zahawi predicts that the UK will become the first country to overcome the pandemic.

And experts insisted the UK will avoid the wave of cases wreaking havoc across Europe and sending nations back into lockdowns because it went ahead with ‘Freedom Day’. 

The UK was repeatedly labelled the “sick man” of Europe throughout summer and fall for having the highest level of infected people on the continent. 

Yesterday, Austria was the first Western European country to implement a national lockdown. Slovakia and Czech Republic have also implemented stay-at home orders for the unvaccinated. Germany may also make vaccines mandatory. 

Over the weekend, violent protests against curbs broke out also in Belgium, Switzerland, and Northern Ireland. 

Covid deaths dropped from 2,955 up to 2,411 across England.

In men, the death rate fell from 85 per 100,000 in September to 67 per 100,000 in October — a drop-off of 20 per cent.

The same thing happened to women similar to them. It dropped from 48 percent per 100,000 people, down to 38.3 percent per 100,000. 

According to ONS: “Taking into account population size and structure, the ASMR for Covid-related deaths in England declined significantly to 50.8 deaths per 100 000 people. This is the first drop since May 20,21.

“The ASMR in Wales for Covid-related deaths was 97.6 per 100,000. Although this number was statistically significant, it was still higher than that of September 2021.

Covid was third in England’s most deadly killer in October. Alzheimer’s and dementia accounted for most of the deaths, while heart disease killed the second-most people.

Last month, 102 people died from Alzheimer’s and dementia per 100,000. This is twice the number of deaths due to Covid (51/100,000.

Heart disease claimed the lives of around 90 people for every 100,000. This is seven percent less than the monthly average (97.2 deaths per 100,000) over the past five years.

However, the separate data release reviewing deaths up to October 12 shows deaths increased three per cent on the previous week when 995 deaths were registered.

People aged 80 and over accounted for 44.6 per cent of the deaths registered in the week to November 12 — the lowest proportion for this age group since the week to August 27.

It is lower than the 46.2 percentage in previous weeks and 50.4 percent just two weeks ago.

This drop could be due to the effects of Covid booster doses, which were rolled out to over-50s at six months after their last dose.

The booster would have been available to people aged 80 years and older. They would have had their second dose in early January.

By contrast, 60- to 79-year-olds accounted for 44.3 per cent of deaths registered in the week to November 12 — the highest percentage for this age group since the week to May 28.

The latest week saw 12,050 deaths from any cause in England or Wales.

This figure is 500 higher than that of the week before and 16.6 percent more than the annual average for deaths in this period, which was calculated over five years.

Covid-related deaths increased in six of nine English regions, while they fell in Wales.

The number of Covid-related deaths in residential care homes was 101, an increase from the 111 reported last week.

Since the outbreak, Covid has been recorded on death certificates for 44,107 residents of care homes in England and Wales. All deaths from care home residents are included in the ONS statistics, and not only those in care homes.

The ONS stated that Covid has been mentioned in death certificates for 169,767 people.

The figures also show more than 77,000 extra deaths — or ‘excess deaths’ — have taken place in private homes in England and Wales since the pandemic began.

Between March 7, 2020 and November 12, 2021, a total of 77 379 deaths more than usual were recorded. Of this number, only 8,998 — 12 per cent — were deaths involving Covid. 

Department of Health statistics show that England has 36,478 reported cases and 44889 were tested positive in Wales yesterday. Meanwhile, 2,481 were found in Scotland while 1,469 were detected in Northern Ireland.

Since the outbreak began in March, 9,8million cases have been reported across the four countries. The actual number of infections will likely be much higher due to the fact that not all people who catch the virus are tested. 

According to the latest figures, 45 deaths occurred within 28 days after a positive test. The figure — which is always low on Monday due to registration delays over the weekend — marks a drop of 4.3 per cent on the 47 fatalities recorded on the same day last week.

This is the lowest daily Covid death toll since November 1st, when it was 40.

The latest hospitalisation data shows that 881 Covid infected Britons sought NHS treatment. This figure is 10.2% lower than that of the 981 patients who were infected with the virus November 9.

8.024 Britons in hospital were also infected on Friday. That’s 6.9% lower week-on-week.