STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Death rate third higher than average, ONS figures reveal – By John Bingham – The Telegraph

Office for National Statistics suggests flu virus and cold snap could be to blame for increased death rate in England and Wales of 28,800 in fortnight to January 23

The death rate in England and Wales is around a third higher than normal for this time of year, official figures show. Some 28,800 deaths were registered in the fortnight ending January 23, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is 32 per cent higher than the average for that period over the previous five years (21,859). The ONS suggested that the flu virus and the cold snap could be to blame for the increased death rate.

The latest analysis by Public Health England (PHE) found that deaths among people aged over 65 have been higher than expected for six weeks, even taking the time of year into account.

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The ONS suggested the flu virus and cold snap could be to blame for increased death rates Photo: ALAMY

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