The number of people dying with flu and pneumonia on their death certificate in England and Wales is now ten times higher than those with Covid, figures show.
Latest weekly data on deaths from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there were just 84 deaths mentioning Covid in the week ending June 11. In contrast, there were 1,163 deaths involving flu and pneumonia.
Registered Covid deaths fell by 14 per cent since the last update in the week ending June 4, when there were 98 deaths recorded.
Covid deaths now make up just 0.8 per cent of all deaths – down from 1.3 per cent in the previous week, despite the fact that week included the late May bank holiday, which meant there were fewer death registrations.
The latest figure of 84 deaths is only the third time the weekly total has dipped below 100 since last September, and is one of the lowest since the pandemic began.
In the most recent week, there were just 66 deaths where Covid was the primary cause of death, compared to 292 for flu and pneumonia.
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The figures are far lower than would usually be expected for respiratory disease at this time of year. The five-year average for deaths involving flu and pneumonia in the same week is 1,704.
Commenting on the ONS figures, Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of Applied Statistics, at The Open University, said: "The excellent news in this bulletin is that the number of deaths involving Covid-19 actually fell again.
"The numbers are down in most age groups and most regions, comparing the latest week with either the previous week or the week before that. Deaths involving Covid-19 made up just 8 out of every thousand total deaths, in the most recent week.
"It’s not good news that the number of infections is increasing, even though it is a little encouraging that the increase in cases hasn’t yet led to any substantial increase in deaths involving Covid, and, judging by these ONS figures, if anything there’s a decrease in deaths.
"I don’t think a large increase in deaths is inevitable, given the very encouraging recent data from PHE on the effectiveness of vaccines against hospitalisations involving the Delta variant."
There were just five coronavirus deaths reported on Monday with death levels remaining largely flat, despite an increase in cases and hospital admissions.
King’s College London believes the R value may now have fallen to 1.1 for most of the country, with only the West Midlands and the South West continuing to show rapid rises.
NHS leaders in Delta variant hotspots have said that despite large increases in case numbers, they are not seeing the same rises in admissions and deaths that have previously accompanied such figures.
Newcastle upon Tyne has had England’s biggest week-on-week case rise, up from 116.6 to 236.4 per 100,000.
But the city’s director of public health, Professor Eugene Milne, said almost two thirds of the new cases were among largely unvaccinated under-25s, and it was not resulting in problems for the NHS.
"Only 1.4 per cent of cases in Newcastle are among the more vulnerable over-65s and, critically, these rising infection rates are not resulting in any rapid increase in hospitalisations," he said.
"It was always to be expected that, as restrictions began to ease, infection rates would begin to rise as the virus was presented with further opportunities to spread.
"Thankfully, we are seeing early signs that vaccines are successfully breaking the chain between infection and serious illness."
A total of 153,630 deaths have now occurred in Britain where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.