There were 139 deaths which mentioned coronavirus on the certificate – up from 99 the previous week, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of excess deaths in England and Wales remains slightly higher than the national average, with 9,523 deaths registered in the week ending 18 September.

However, overall deaths registered from all causes had decreased from the previous week, dropping from 9,811 to 9,523.

In six of the nine English regions, the number of coronavirus-related deaths had increased – with the North West reporting the biggest rise.

Although the number of coronavirus deaths remains low compared with the peak of the pandemic, there has been a rise in the number of hospital and care home deaths.

Figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland of deaths registered up to 20 September, and by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency of deaths registered up to 23 September, take the total to 57,860 deaths.

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