The number of excess deaths for week 21 of the year have been very similar to the number of Covid-19 related deaths for the first time since March, according to the Continuous Mortality Index (CMI).
This is the latest finding from CMI's weekly mortality monitor analysis for 16-22 May, based on England and Wales deaths data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
There were 18% more deaths registered in week 21 of 2020 than if death rates had been the same in week 21 of 2019.
The figures come after a ‘backlog' of death registrations last week following VE Day on 8 March led to a slight spike of 40% in an otherwise month-long downwards trend.
There may now have been up to 64,500 more deaths in the UK from the start of the pandemic to 1 June than if rates were similar to those experienced last year.
CMI mortality projections committee chair Cobus Daneel said: "The latest data shows this decrease in excess weekly deaths to the lowest level since late March - excess deaths were much higher than Covid-19 deaths in the earlier part of the pandemic."
The UK began its twelfth week in lockdown on 1 June, with the next review for relaxation measures in England expected at the end of the month.
In this week’s Pensions Buzz, we want to know if more schemes should follow Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) in divesting from companies with significant involvement with tobacco manufacturing, thermal coal mining, and the production of controversial...
Three accounting bodies have published specific Covid-19 guidance for the compilation of pension scheme accounts, recognising that “it can’t be business as usual”.
In this live blog, Professional Pensions brings together all the latest news on the industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as regulatory and legal updates.
A new tracker launched by XPS Pensions Group predicts Covid-19 related deaths for the UK are now at or close to 50,000.
Employers will be required to pay a proportion of furloughed staff costs from August, Rishi Sunak has announced today.