The number of excess deaths in England and Wales has fallen below zero for the first time in six months, according to ONS data.
The ONS reports:
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales decreased from 11,592 in Week 9 (week ending March 5th 2021) to 10,987 in Week 10 (week ending March 12th 2021). The number of deaths was 4.4% below the five-year average (511 deaths fewer).
In England, the number of deaths decreased from 10,882 in Week 9 to 10,277 in Week 10, which was 468 deaths (4.4%) fewer than the Week 10 five-year average. This is the first time that deaths have been lower than the five-year average in England since the week ending September 4th 2020 (Week 36).
In Wales, the number of deaths decreased from 689 in Week 9 to 685 in Week 10, which was 35 deaths (4.9%) fewer than the Week 10 five-year average. This is the second consecutive week deaths have been lower than the five-year average in Wales.
Given this data, and the fact that half of all UK adults have received a Covid vaccine, is it not about time that Britain unlocks?
The ONS’ findings are worth reading in full.