National Day of Reflection

Today is the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown, and a national day of reflection is being held across the Nation. The end of life charity Marie Curie planned this day of reflection to remember those who have died in the pandemic, exactly a year since the UK was first told to stay at home.

The day will included a minute’s silence at 12pm followed by a bell toll, and people are being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with phones, candles and torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance”. Prominent buildings and landmarks will also be lit up yellow across the UK.

Since the first one was announced 12 months ago, we’ve had two further national lockdowns, and more than More than 125,000 people in the UK have died with Covid, with 7,731 of those deaths in Wales. Across the pandemic, there have been nearly 150,000 deaths (148,125) in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate; and 126,284 within 28 days of a positive test

The Senedd lit up in yellow
The Wales National Coronavirus Commemorative Event took place at the Senedd on Tuesday

A doorstep vigil is due to take place at 20:00 GMT when about 40 historic buildings will be lit in yellow and people asked to light up their homes. click full source.

Roath Park clock tower lit up in yellow
Roath Park clock tower was among a number of landmarks which were illuminated in yellow on Tuesday evening

The number of deaths in Wales is back to normal levels for the first time in nearly five months, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Deaths involving Covid-19 fell for the seventh week in a row in Wales, to the lowest weekly total since 23 October. The number of deaths in Wales fell to 689 in the week ending 5 March. This was nine deaths (-1.3%) lower than the five-year average. Along with Yorkshire and Humber and north-east England, Wales was the only nation or region to have fewer deaths than average for the time of year.

Deaths during the pandemic in Wales. All causes registered and those involving Covid-19 by week.  Up to 5 March.

Main points from latest ONS Survey

  • The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 12 March 2021 (Week 10) was 10,987; this was 605 fewer deaths than the previous week (Week 9).
  • In Week 10, the number of deaths registered in England and Wales was 4.4% below the five-year average (511 fewer deaths); this is the first time that deaths have fallen below the five-year average since the week ending 4 September 2020.

One of the implications of these data is that in one week (Week 10), there were over 500 fewer deaths than average in England and Wales. This can only mean that at least over 500 people who died in the previous year had only months to live, whose deaths were hastened by covid-19. If this trend continues for the coming weeks, then this number could increase to several thousand people. click for full data source from ONS.

Despite these significant reductions in the covid death rate, and the accelerating vaccine programme, Boris Johnson has warned that the effects of a third wave of coronavirus in Europe will “wash up on our shores”. The PM said the UK should be “under no illusion” that we will “feel effects” of growing cases on the continent. The warning could help the PM to convince Tory MPs that he can’t unlock England any faster.

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