FOI Ref: FOI/2021/2980
Please supply the figures for the number of deaths that are DIRECTLY attributable to COVID-19 and those have died where COVID-19 was just mentioned on their death certificate.
Thank you for your enquiry.
COVID-19 deaths by underlying cause and contributory cause are reported weekly in the Deaths Registered Weekly in England and Wales publication, which is updated every Tuesday.
When we say that a death 'involved' COVID-19, we mean that COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, possibly along with other health conditions, not necessarily as the underlying cause of death. When we say that a death was 'due to' COVID-19, we mean that COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death, because it was either the only health condition mentioned on the death certificate, or it was the one that started the train of events leading to death. You can see how these different categories are used in the ONS Monthly mortality analysis.
2020 data is available in our recent publication Deaths due to COVID-19, registered in England and Wales: 2020.
|Due to COVID-19||Involving COVID-19|
|Number of deaths||Number of deaths|
Download this table Deaths due to and involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales 2020.xls .csv
For 2021, we hold the following analysis in our Deaths Registered Weekly in England and Wales publication.
|COVID-19 (U07.1, U07.2, U09.9, U10.9)|
|Deaths involving COVID-19 (any mention on the death certificate)||63,864|
|of which, deaths due to COVID-19 (underlying cause)||55,714|
Download this table Summed total of deaths due to and involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales 2021 (as of 17 September 2021).xls .csv
For further information about your request, please contact Health.Data@ons.gov.uk.