Registered deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales have risen to their highest level since early July, new figures show.
A total of 321 deaths were registered in the week to October 2, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is up from 215 deaths in the previous week, and is also the highest number since the week ending July 10, when 366 deaths were registered.
Some 106 of the 321 Covid-19 deaths in the week to October 2 were in north-west England – the highest number for the region since the week to June 26.
There were 40 deaths in north-east England, which was the highest for the region since the week to June 12.
Together these two regions accounted for 45% of all Covid-19 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to October 2.
Just over 58,500 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.
The latest ONS figures show that 53,335 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to October 2, and had been registered by October 10.
Figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,276 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to October 4, while 906 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to October 2 (and had been registered up to October 7), according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Together, these figures mean that so far 58,517 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.