Coronavirus and Will Writing

It is fair to say that Coronavirus has dominated the news and our lives this year. We have lost loved ones and some quite unexpectedly. It has made us consider our mortality and made more people put important documents like Wills in place.

We’ve drawn together some of the stats from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to highlight the impact that Covid has had but also looked at the number of registered death over recent years.

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 18 September 2020 (Week 38) was 9,523; this was 288 fewer deaths than in Week 37.

In Week 38, the number of deaths registered was 2.8% above the five-year average (259 deaths higher).

Of the deaths registered in Week 38, 139 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, accounting for 1.5% of all deaths in England and Wales; this is an increase compared with Week 37 (40 deaths higher).

The numbers of deaths in hospitals and care homes were below the five-year average in Week 38 (365 and 68 fewer deaths respectively), while the number of deaths in private homes remained above the five-year average (711 more deaths).

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased in six of the nine English regions; the North East and London were the only English regions to have fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.

In Wales, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 increased from one death (Week 37) to five deaths (Week 38), while the total number of deaths in Week 38 was 20 fewer deaths than the five-year average.

The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 18 September 2020 (Week 38) was 10,784, which was 257 deaths higher than the five-year average but 361 deaths fewer than Week 37; of the deaths registered in the UK in Week 38, 158 deaths involved COVID-19, 48 deaths higher than Week 37.

Statistics above are from The Office of National Statistics.

According to Statista these are the number of recorded deaths per year (in thousands). That’s consistently over 600,000 deaths per year with report suggesting that this years event will have accelerated 2020 figures.

Number of UK Deaths

2018616.01
2017607.17
2016597.21
2015602.78
2014570.34
Deaths in UK

Whilst there is no know vaccine for the virus yet, all we can do is to take all reasonable precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones and to prepare and plan in order to protect our assets as well.

At PAA we have taken steps to protect our clients (and of course, our staff and their families). Appointments can be conducted over the telephone, via video call or where requested and safe to do so, at our offices or at your home.

It could be argued that there is no more important a time to get these documents in place. No scare mongering intended here as Wills are important for everyone but it might be the prompt that people need to book their appointment.