Skip to main content Help with accessibility

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 16 March 2021

ONS published the latest weekly deaths registrations and data on COVID-19 antibodies.

Some of the main points include:

  • There were 2,105 deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales in the week ending 26 February 2021 – the fewest since the week ending 6 November 2020.

  • For the fifth consecutive week, the number of COVID-19 deaths fell in all English regions and in Wales.

  • Deaths from all causes also decreased in the most recent week and were only slightly above average for this time of year; by setting, deaths were below the five-year average in both hospitals and care homes for the first time since October.

  • Across all four UK countries, estimates suggest there has been an increase in people who would test positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the 28 days up to 3 March 2021; the presence of antibodies suggests either past infection, a vaccination or both.

  • The percentage of the population aged 16 and over that would have tested positive for antibodies was 34.6% in England, 22.3% in Scotland, 30.5% in Wales, and 31.2% in Northern Ireland.

Read the ONS roundup