Created 3 years ago, updated 5 months ago

This page provides a weekly summary of data on deaths related to COVID-19 published by NHS England and the Office for National Statistics. More frequent reporting on COVID-19 deaths is now available here, alongside data on cases, hospitalisations, and vaccinations.

This update contains data on deaths related to COVID-19 from:

Summary notes about each these sources are provided at the end of this document.

Note on interpreting deaths data: statistics from the available sources differ in definition, timing and completeness. It is important to understand these differences when interpreting the data or comparing between sources.

Weekly Key Points

  • An additional 24 deaths in London hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 5 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were announced in the week ending 27 June 2022. This compares with 40 and 3 for the previous week.
  • A total of 306 deaths in hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 and 27 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were announced for England as whole. This compares with 301 and 26 for the previous week.
  • The total number of COVID-19 deaths reported in London hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 is now 19,102. The total number of deaths in London hospitals where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate is now 1,590.
  • This compares to figures of 119,237 and 8,197 for English hospitals as a whole.
  • Due to the delay between death occurrence and reporting, the estimated number of deaths to this point will be revised upwards over coming days
  • These figures do not include deaths that occurred outside of hospitals. Data from ONS has indicated that the majority (79%) of COVID-19 deaths in London have taken place in hospitals.

Recently announced deaths in Hospitals

21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 June 27 June
London No positive test 0 0 1 4 0 0 0
London Positive test 3 7 2 10 0 0 2
Rest of England No positive test 2 6 4 4 0 0 6
Rest of England Positive test 47 49 41 58 6 0 81

16 May 23 May 30 May 06 June 13 June 20 June 27 June
London No positive test 14 3 4 0 4 3 5
London Positive test 45 34 55 20 62 40 24
Rest of England No positive test 41 58 33 23 47 23 22
Rest of England Positive test 456 375 266 218 254 261 282

Deaths by date of occurrence

21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 June 27 June
London 20,683 20,686 20,690 20,691 20,692 20,692 20,692
Rest of England 106,604 106,635 106,679 106,697 106,713 106,733 106,742

Interpreting the data

The data published by NHS England are incomplete due to:

  • delays in the occurrence and subsequent reporting of deaths
  • deaths occurring outside of hospitals not being included

The total deaths reported up to a given point are therefore less than the actual number that have occurred by the same point.

Delays in reporting

NHS provide the following guidance regarding the delay between occurrence and reporting of deaths:

Confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis, death notification and reporting in central figures can take up to several days and the hospitals providing the data are under significant operational pressure. This means that the totals reported at 5pm on each day may not include all deaths that occurred on that day or on recent prior days.

The data published by NHS England for reporting periods from April 1st onward includes both date of occurrence and date of reporting and so it is possible to illustrate the distribution of these reporting delays. This data shows that approximately 10% of COVID-19 deaths occurring in London hospitals are included in the reporting period ending on the same day, and that approximately two-thirds of deaths were reported by two days after the date of occurrence.