More than 39,000 confirmed deaths involving the coronavirus have occurred in England and Wales, according to the Office of National Statistics latest figures.

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There latest ONS figures also showed there were a total of 9,980 coronavirus-related care home deaths registered up to May 8 in England and Wales.

Overall deaths in England and Wales in the week up to 8 May were down for the third consecutive week, at 12,657. The number of deaths in care homes were also down on the previous week, from 6,409 to 4,248.

The statisticians pointed that the north west saw the highest number coronavirus-related deaths, 597 deaths, in England for the first time since the pandemic began.

However, for second week running all regions showed a decrease in the percentage of deaths involving Covid-19.

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Almost 67 per cent of coronavirus deaths occurred in hospital during the week up to 8 May, with another 27 per cent occurring in care homes, another 4.6 per cent in private homes, and 1.2 per cent in hospices.

The ONS’ latest total number of deaths is 33 percent higher than the total reported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for the same period.

This is because the ONS figures include all mentions of Covid-19 on a death certificate, including suspected Covid-19.

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