The number of deaths involving coronavirus in the UK reached its lowest weekly level for six weeks in May, official figures show.
There were 4,210 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending 15 May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It is the lowest weekly total since the week ending 3 April, when 3,801 coronavirus-related deaths were registered.
The proportion of deaths involving the virus 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 9 May, there were 214 deaths in care homes – 51% of the total, while 191 (46%) took place in hospitals.
The figures bring the total number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK to more than 47,000. They show that 42,173 deaths involving coronavirus occurred in England and Wales up to 15 May (and had been registered up to 23 May).
Figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 3,546 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to 17 May.
Data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 664 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to 20 May.
Together, these figures mean that so far 46,383 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
A further 964 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between 16 and 24 May, according to figures published on Monday by NHS England, which, together with the total figure of 46,383 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is just over 47,300.