There was a slight fall in the total number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 24 April – driven by a decrease in the number of hospital deaths, according to new figures.
In the seven days to 24 April, there were 21,997 deaths registered in England and Wales – 11,539 more than the five-year average, according to the Office for National Statistics.
However, that week saw the first decrease in the weekly total number of registered deaths since 20 March.
The number of deaths registered in the week to 24 April was 354 less compared with the previous week.
This suggests it may be the week the two countries came through their peak mortality rate amid the coronavirus crisis.