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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights 15 October 2021

ONS have published data showing the decline in well-being in the year to March 2021 was the greatest since measurements began in 2012.

  • Life satisfaction declined in all countries and regions of the UK compared with the previous period, with the largest decreases being in Northern Ireland and Yorkshire and the Humber.

They have also published data showing evidence of mortality displacement (when vulnerable people die sooner than expected) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Some of the deaths that occurred during the pandemic, mainly seen in older age groups and in hospitals, likely would have occurred in the following weeks or months, when mortality was below average.

  • However, these periods of below average mortality did not offset the high number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Data from the Coronavirus Infection Survey shows one million people across the UK had COVID-19 in the latest week, as infections rose across England and Wales, but fell in Scotland.

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