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Coronavirus rises to third most common cause of death

Written by on 19/11/2020

Coronavirus was the third most common cause of death in England and Wales in October – having not been among the 10 leading causes of fatality the month before.

The Official for National Statistics has said 3,367 (7.8%) of the 43,265 deaths last month involved COVID-19.

The figures show mortality rates for deaths due to coronavirus have increased for the second month in a row.

Although mortality rates due to COVID-19 have increased in October 2020, they remain significantly lower than in April and May 2020.

The leading cause of death in October was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 11.3% of all deaths in England and 10.2% in Wales.

 Sky News

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