Excess deaths in UK under coronavirus lockdown pass 63,000
ONS figures show fewest weekly coronavirus deaths in England and Wales for eight weeks
Hundreds more fatalities from Covid-19 in the north-west of England and in care homes have driven up the number of excess deaths since the UK went into lockdown to more than 63,000, a toll believed to be greater than those anywhere else except the US.
The number of deaths from the virus in England and Wales fell to 1,822 in the last week of May, the fewest for eight weeks, according to the latest data from the Office of National Statistics. But the numbers remain relatively high in the north-west, where there have been fears of a resurgence of the virus.