Coronavirus: ONS figures show deaths in Wales have fallen to March levels

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Image caption Numbers of deaths involving coronavirus in Wales have slowed in recent weeks

The weekly number of deaths of people with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in Wales has fallen to its lowest point since March.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show seven deaths involving Covid-19 in the week ending 24 July, down from 11 the week before.

This is lowest figure since the week ending 20 March, when two deaths were recorded.

In Wales, there have been 2,504 registered deaths mentioning the virus.

There have been 21,981 deaths recorded from all causes since the start of the year in Wales, 10.2% more than the five-year average.

Of those, 11.4% mentioned Covid-19.

Deaths during the pandemic in Wales

All causes and those involving Covid-19 by week

The difference between 2020 and average shows so-called 'excess' deaths
Source: ONS, 4 August 2020

The ONS figures include deaths in all places and deaths when coronavirus is only suspected, and so are often higher than the figures released by Public Health Wales.

The figures provided by Public Health Wales mainly include deaths in hospitals.

When looking at excess deaths - the measure of how deaths compare with what we'd normally expect to see - Wales in the most recent week compares with the five-year average.

The total number of Covid-19 deaths occurring in Wales up to 24 July was 2,504 - for deaths to be included in these figures, they must have been registered by 1 August.

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