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Death rate 'back to normal' in UK Death rate 'back to normal' in UK
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The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March.The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March.
More than 80% of local authorities in Great Britain have also seen death rates fall to normal levels.
The decrease reflects a decline in coronavirus-related deaths, official data show.The decrease reflects a decline in coronavirus-related deaths, official data show.
Of 10,681 deaths registered in the week up to 19 June, 849 (8%) mentioned coronavirus.Of 10,681 deaths registered in the week up to 19 June, 849 (8%) mentioned coronavirus.
This is the lowest number of deaths involving the pandemic virus since the week ending 13 March. This is the lowest number of coronavirus deaths registered since the week lockdown was announced.
The number of deaths registered up to 19 June was eight below the five-year average for that week. The total number of deaths registered in the week up to 19 June was eight below the five-year average for that week and the lowest figure since the week of 13 March.
Figures for England and Wales show deaths in care homes and hospitals were also fewer than the five-year average - 49 and 782 deaths lower, respectively. BBC analysis of the figures shows that more than four out of every five local authorities in Great Britain have seen death rates fall back to or below normal levels.
The number of deaths at home was 827 higher than the five-year average. At the peak of the epidemic in mid-April, only 10 of 187 local authorities were in this range, with nearly 160 seeing registered deaths significantly above the five year average in that area.
Of all deaths involving coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and up to 19 June in England and Wales: While the figures are not yet down to the levels seen in the weeks before the coronavirus epidemic started, nearly every local authority in Great Britain has seen the number of deaths fall substantially from the epidemic's peak in mid-April.
The total number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began stands at 65,132. Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:
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Public Health England figures on coronavirus cases include people tested in hospitals and healthcare workers. Figures for the rest of the UK also include people in the wider population.
Figures for England and Wales show deaths in care homes and hospitals were also below their five-year average - 49 and 782 deaths lower, respectively.
But the number of deaths at home was 827 higher than the five-year average, only 52 of which were registered as coronavirus deaths.
The total number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began stands at just over 65,000 in the UK: 57,000 in England, nearly 5,000 in Scotland, 2,300 in Wales, and 900 in Northern Ireland.