There were 4% more deaths registered in week 23 of 2020 than if death rates had been the same this time last year, down from 17% last week, according to the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI).
The CMI's mortality monitor - published weekly throughout the coronavirus pandemic period - is based on provisional England and Wales data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
ONS data for 30 May to 5 June (week 23) showed its most stark drop in the number of excess deaths across the two countries after the CMI said last week that there was a clear and ‘sustained' downwards trend.
As of 5 June, the CMI said there have been 63,000 more deaths in the UK from the start of the pandemic than if mortality rates were similar to those experience in 2019.
Despite this, the CMI declined to publish a more up-to-date estimate of the number of excess deaths as variations in non-Covid deaths are now playing a bigger role.
CMI mortality projections committee chair Cobus Daneel explained: "In recent weeks we've seen death registrations decline to the extent that Covid-19 deaths exceed excess deaths. There could be a number of reasons for this, including improvements in non-Covid mortality rates, attribution of deaths to Covid-19 that would have occurred in any case due to another cause, ‘forward mortality displacement', or just plain statistical noise."
"At this stage of the pandemic, we prefer to focus on registered rather than estimated figures."
The UK began its 14th week in lockdown on 15 June, with the next review for relaxation measures in England expected no later than next Thursday (25 June).
The Financial Times has reported that Rishi Sunak is preparing to break the Conservative party’s “triple lock” state pension pledge, amid Treasury fears that the policy could become unaffordable because of the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.
While the latest guidance from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) provides more relief for providers, trustees are not yet able to cope with the demands of meeting its expectations, the industry says.
IC Select has launched a three-tiered solution to help trustees required to retender for their fiduciary management provider by 10 June next year.
The Money and Pensions Service (Maps) has a “critical role to play” in the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus, it says in a ten-year corporate plan released today.
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