Nuffield Trust response to weekly ONS registered deaths statistics

Sarah Scobie responds to the latest weekly mortality stats from the Office for National Statistics.

Press release

Published: 17/11/2020

Responding to the weekly mortality stats from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the week ending 6 November 2020, Nuffield Trust Deputy Director of Research Sarah Scobie said:

“For the second week in a row, we have seen a tragic and sharp jump in the number of deaths attributed to coronavirus.

“In the week ending 6 November, there were nearly 2,000 deaths which will be a devastating loss to families across the country. Regional differences remain stark with the number of deaths registered in the North West of England and Wales, both with high Covid rates, a third higher than we’d expect to see at this time of year.

“Sadly, these figures most likely reflect people who contracted the virus in October, so given we are yet to see a fall in the number of cases we will need to brace ourselves for further increases over the weeks ahead.”

Notes to editors