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Deaths attributable to COVID-19

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) is publishing weekly mortality updates. This update shows the position as at 3 April 2020 (week 14 of 2020), based on provisional deaths data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 14 April 2020.

The key points of this update are:

  • There were 59% more deaths registered in week 14 of 2020 than if standardised mortality rates had been the same as week 14 of 2019.
  • The number of “excess” deaths is 76% higher than the number of registered deaths in the ONS data for week 14 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
  • As at 14 April 2020, there could already be over 23,000 cumulative excess deaths in England & Wales, and over 25,000 in the UK.

All mortality monitor weekly updates are publicly available on the mortality monitor page.