Coronavirus led to a third more deaths than usual in a single week in the South West.
Some 155 death certificates in the region mentioned Covid-19 in the week ending April 3, up from 19 the week before.
That represented just over 10 per cent of all deaths registered in the week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published on Tuesday, April 14.
There is usually a short delay between a death and it being registered, which is why the ONS figures lag behind those from the NHS.
Overall, in the week ending April 3 there were 1,520 deaths registered in the South West – 428 more than the previous week, the ONS says.
It was also 421 more than the five-year average for the same week, or 38.3 per cent higher than the average of 1,099 deaths.
The total number of UK deaths, 16,387, was the highest number for this week of the year since published figures began in 2010.
Almost a quarter of the 6,235 deaths with coronavirus were among those aged 75 to 84. None were younger than 14.
In each age group there have been more deaths of males than in females.
In the 75 to 84 years age group, there were 931 deaths involving coronavirus in males, almost double the 515 in females.
What the ONS says
Nick Stripe, head of health analysis at the ONS, said: “The latest comparable data for deaths involving Covid-19 with a date of death up to 3 April, show there were 6,235 deaths in England and Wales.
“When looking at data for England, this is 15 per cent higher than the NHS numbers as they include all mentions of Covid-19 on the death certificate, including suspected Covid-19, as well as deaths in the community.
“The 16,387 deaths that were registered in England and Wales during the week ending 3 April is the highest weekly total since we started compiling weekly deaths data in 2005.”
Of the 16,387 deaths, there were 5,246 more than the previous week and 6,082 more than the five-year average.
As well as a rise in the number of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned, there was also an increase in those mentioning influenza and pneumonia”.
It rose from 1,863 in the week ending March 27 to 2,367 in the week ending April 3.
Of those mentioning influenza and pneumonia, 1,466 also mentioned Covid-19.