The number of weekly registered deaths involving the coronavirus has fallen to the lowest level since the lockdown was first introduced.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 3 July involving COVID-19 was 532.
This is the lowest number of deaths linked to the virus in the last 15 weeks, according to the ONS.
In the week that Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lockdown in March, 539 deaths involving COVID-19 were registered.
Meanwhile, the figures show that five regions in England had deaths below the five-year average in the week ending 3 July.
According to the ONS, these regions were:
- The West Midlands (2.1% below)
- Yorkshire & the Humber (2.2% below)
- North West England (4.1% below)
- Eastern England (5.1% below)
- South West England (6.1% below)
Meanwhile, four regions had deaths above the five-year average in the same time period:
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- North East England (7.1% above)
- The East Midlands (7.0% above)
- South East England (3.3% above)
- London (0.5% above)
In Wales, the number of deaths registered in the week to July 3 was 5.2% above the five-year average.
In total, 9,140 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week up to 3 July.
This is 43 fewer than the five-year average of 9,183.