Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 16 March 2021
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.