After peaking at 279 in the week ending 15 November, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 have reduced but at a much slower rate than after the spring peak. Figures for the last 2 weeks will be artificially low due to death registration services being closed over public holidays.
The World Health Organisation recommends looking at several indicators when considering whether the epidemic is controlled. One of these is a decline in the number of deaths among confirmed and probable cases at least for the last 3 weeks.
As of 3 January 2021, there have been a total of 6,686 deaths registered where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The first mention of COVID-19 in a registered death certificate was the week beginning 16 March 2020. In the most recent week (28 December to 3 January), there were 183 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 17 from the previous week (21 to 27 December). 63 of these deaths took place in care homes, 111 in hospitals, and 9 at home or a non-institutional setting.