Created 2 years ago, updated 4 days 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 47 deaths in London hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 12 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were announced in the week ending 15 May 2022. This compares with 84 and 9 for the previous week.
  • A total of 625 deaths in hospitals of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 and 61 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were announced for England as whole. This compares with 734 and 64 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 18,853. The total number of deaths in London hospitals where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate is now 1,568.
  • This compares to figures of 117,240 and 7,965 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

09 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May
London No positive test 1 3 1 1 6 0 0
London Positive test 16 10 5 7 9 0 0
Rest of England No positive test 12 11 7 11 8 0 0
Rest of England Positive test 215 109 89 92 60 11 2

03 April 10 April 17 April 24 April 01 May 08 May 15 May
London No positive test 3 3 1 7 11 9 12
London Positive test 91 113 126 94 86 84 47
Rest of England No positive test 21 41 29 42 41 55 49
Rest of England Positive test 722 957 849 981 708 650 578

Deaths by date of occurrence

09 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May
London 20,409 20,417 20,419 20,421 20,421 20,421 20,421
Rest of England 104,611 104,676 104,732 104,769 104,782 104,784 104,784

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.