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COVID-19 deaths ONS by day

Last updated on Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 04:15pm

Summary

Topic
COVID-19
Category
deaths
API name
COVID-19_deaths_ONSByDay

Rationale

COVID-19 deaths depend on the scale and severity of recent COVID-19 cases.

Definition

This metric shows the daily number of deaths of people whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 as one of the causes.

Deaths are reported by date of death registration.

Methodology

Deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned as one of the causes on the death certificate are reported by the Office for National Statistics.

The deceased may or may not have had a confirmed positive test for COVID-19. People who had COVID-19 but did not have it mentioned on their death certificate as a cause of death are excluded.

Deaths are allocated to the deceased's usual area of residence.

Bank holidays can affect the number of deaths registered in a given week.

There is a lag of at least 11 days in the reporting of data and the 14 days prior to the latest date available in the dataset is considered to be incomplete due to the time taken for deaths to be registered.

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