The number of covid deaths increased by more than a third across the UK in the last week – but London continues to be sheltered from the worst effects of the pandemic’s second wave.

There were 474 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK in the most recent week, up 131, or 38 per cent higher than the previous week, the Office for National Statistics announced today.

But London’s death toll increased by just three to 34 in the seven days to October 9 – making the capital the fifth worst English region for covid mortality, and meaning it also falls behind Wales, which saw its death toll increase from 25 to 37.

The covid death toll in England and Wales increased 36 per cent week on week, from 321 to 438, an extra 117 deaths.

This story is being updated.

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