UK records lowest excess deaths since late March

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The UK has recorded the lowest level of excess deaths since the last week in March with a steady reduction in coronavirus mortality recorded in the week ending May 29.

The Office for National Statistics reported on Tuesday there were 1,653 more deaths than the average of the past five years across England and Wales in the last week in May with earlier official data showing another 145 excess deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same period.

The ONS data showed mortality levels still 20 per cent higher than the five year average, but this was a significant improvement against the peak of the pandemic in mid-April when weekly death rates were 113 per cent higher than normal.

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