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Coronavirus deaths rise for second week in a row in England and Wales

The number of people dying from coronavirus in England and Wales has risen for the second week in a row, worrying new figures show.

A total of 139 deaths registered in the week ending September 18 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is up from 99 deaths in the week to September 11, and 78 deaths in the week to September 4.

The North West has seen the biggest number of deaths related to the virus.

Numbers are still lower than at the peak of the outbreak but there has been a rise in deaths in hospitals and care homes.

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.

This is 2.8% higher than the five-year average.

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