Death rate 32% higher than average

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Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The death rate in England and Wales is around a third higher than normal for this time of year, official figures show.

Some 28,800 deaths were registered in the fortnight ending January 23, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is 32% higher than the average for that period over the previous five years (21,859).

The ONS suggested that the flu virus and the cold snap could be to blame for the increased death rate.

The latest analysis by Public Health England (PHE) found that deaths among people aged over 65 have been higher than expected for six weeks, even taking the time of year into account.

Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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