The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in Wales has increased by 38% in a week, latest figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that there were 65 deaths related to the virus in Wales for the week ending October 23 – a rise on 47 reported the previous week.
Some 49 of the 65 deaths took place in hospitals, 10 in care homes, five at home and one in a hospice.
According to the ONS figures, Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) has had a total of 374 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began. Its death rate of 155.7 deaths per 100,000 is the fifth highest in England and Wales.
However, Cardiff was the local authority area with the most deaths in Wales at 415.
In total, there were 2,762 deaths involving Covid-19 of deaths registered by October 23 in Wales. Some 2,806 deaths occurred up to October 23 and were registered up to October 31.
Meanwhile, the total number of deaths in Wales from all conditions in the latest week was 33 higher than the five-year average. These are commonly known as “excess deaths”.
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Across England and Wales combined, 978 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, accounting for 9.1% of all deaths for the week ending October 23.
This was an increase of 308 compared with the previous week when there were 670 deaths involving Covid-19, accounting for 6.4% of all deaths.
Those in the 85-89 age bracket made up the most Covid deaths (188) in England and Wales for the latest week, followed closely by those aged 80-84 (187), 90-plus (178), and 75-79 (157).
There were also three Covid-related deaths involving people aged 30-34, three involving those aged 35-39 and three involving those aged 40-45. No-one under the age of 30 was reported to have died in England and Wales for the week ending October 23.
Across the whole UK, the number of deaths registered for the week ending October 23 was 12,292, which was 1,222 deaths higher than the five-year average and 364 deaths more than the previous week.
Of the deaths registered in the UK, 1,126 involved Covid-19, 365 deaths higher than the week before.
The ONS stated: “Based on a statistical model that allows for the time taken for deaths to be registered, we estimate that the number of deaths actually occurring (rather than registered) in Week 43 in England and Wales was between 9,750 and 12,097.”
The ONS data includes all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, which is different from Public Health Wales data which only includes deaths where a person has tested positive for the virus.