Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that there has been a record decrease in the number of coronavirus deaths.
Since the two weeks before the lockdown, England and Wales have seen a decrease in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic.
During the week that ended 10 July, figures revealed that 283 people had died because of the coronavirus – down from 418 a week earlier and from 8,000 at the height of the crisis in early April.
This is the lowest figure since the week that ended ten days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s announced the strict measures to limit the spread of the virus.
According to the ONS, 8,690 deaths were recorded in the week to July 10, 560 fewer than the five-year average of 9,250. In the same week, deaths care homes and hospitals were also below the five-year average (283 and 901 deaths lower respectively).
Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, said: “The last four weeks have seen fewer deaths than the five-year average. This week saw 560 fewer deaths than the five-year average, and the last four weeks, 986 fewer deaths have occurred compared to the five-year average.
“This significant trend in reducing deaths compared to the average is likely due to deaths occurring a few months earlier in the frail and the elderly from Covid-19. It will be essential to observe over these weeks whether this trend continues.”
Last week, Number 10`s scientific advisory panel acknowledged that the coronavirus outbreak is slowly decreasing and separate official figures suggested the number of infections in Europe per day is still 2,000.