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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 9 February 2021

ONS published latest deaths registrations in England and Wales and characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in different countries of the UK.

The main points include:

  • There were 8,433 deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales in the week ending 29 January 2021 – the second highest weekly figure of the pandemic (behind the week ending 17 April 2020).

  • Deaths involving COVID-19 accounted for a record 45.7% of the 18,448 deaths from all causes in the week ending 29 January.

  • COVID-19 mortality increased in six out of nine English regions; Wales reported a drop in COVID-19 deaths for the second week running. 

  • In England, 47% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 reported having any symptoms. This compares with 55% in Wales, 38% in Northern Ireland and 47% in Scotland.

  • The most commonly reported symptoms from people who tested positive for COVID-19 between 1 October 2020 and 30 January 2021 were a cough, fatigue and headache.

  • Less commonly reported symptoms in those who tested positive included abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea.

Read the ONS roundup