THE number of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales reached its lowest weekly level for six weeks in May, new figures show.

There were 3,810 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending May 15, according to the most recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The percentage of deaths involving Covid-19 and the total number of excess deaths compared with the five-year average continued to decrease.

But the total number of deaths from all causes rose by 1,916 to 14,573 - with an increase in deaths being registered after a dip during the early May bank holiday.

For the first time, deaths in care homes accounted for more than half of the total number of deaths with Covid-19.

On May 9 there were 214 deaths in care homes - 51 per cent of the total, while 191 (46 per cent) took place in hospitals.

It comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wiltshire nears 1,000.

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