Eight more Covid-19 deaths in Powys

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United Kingdom has now exceeded 47,000, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

The total number of deaths registered across England and Wales in the week ending 15 May was 14,573.

The North West had the largest number of Covid-19-related deaths for the second week running, and overtook London as the region with the highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus.

The Department of Health's figure for the total number of coronavirus-related United Kingdom deaths rose by 134 to 37,048 on Tuesday.

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Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, the chairman of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge, said: "There's a huge spike in non-Covid deaths at home very quickly into the epidemic, close to the time when hospitals started minimising the normal service that they were providing".

Officials yesterday announced only 134 more coronavirus deaths, a figure much lower than usual because of a recording delay over the weekend and bank holiday.

In Wales, 180 deaths were registered in the week to 15 May, accounting for 23.3% of the total.

The news is bad - but not quite as bad as it looks. The ONS said trends over the two weeks "should be interpreted with caution".

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The FT, using its coronavirus model, has suggested that the number of excess deaths likely to have been recorded since the pandemic began is more than 63,000.

That might seem trivial but such things matter. Some 2,350 "excess deaths" were recorded in nursing homes in that week.

On 9 May there were 214 deaths in care homes: 51% of the total, while 191 (46%) happened in hospitals.

Another 141 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13,556.

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In short, the mortality crisis has not gone away yet.

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