UK deaths rise above five-year average but ‘likely due to heatwave’

The rate of UK deaths has risen above the five-year average but this is “likely due to the heatwave” not coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A total of 9,392 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending August 14 – 307 above the five-year average of 9,085.

This took the number of deaths that week to 3.4 per cent above the average – the first time the average has been exceeded since June 12.

The increase was not driven by Covid-19 with coronavirus deaths continuing to steadily fall, the ONS said.

Instead the rise above the five-year average was “likely due to the heatwave” that affected England and Wales during this period.

The UK recorded six consecutive days above 34C for the first time in nearly 60 years earlier in August.

Temperatures soared to over 37C during the sweltering heatwave and saw the hottest day in August since 2003.

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