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Q1 mortality below pre-pandemic levels, CMI finds 

Mortality in the first quarter of 2022 was slightly lower than in the first quarters of 2019 and 2020, before the pandemic, according to findings from the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI).

During the course of the pandemic, the CMI has published frequent UK mortality analysis through its mortality monitor. 

Its latest update covers week 13 of 2022 (26 March to 1 April) and the first quarter of 2022, based on provisional England and Wales deaths data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 12 April 2022.

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As well as the lower mortality rate, it found there have been 2,200 fewer deaths than expected in the UK in the first thirteen weeks of 2022, despite 14,800 deaths in the UK with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate during that period.

There have also been around 118,200 more deaths from all causes than expected in the UK from the start of the pandemic to 1 April 2022.

Cobus Daneel, chair of the CMI Mortality Projections Committee, said: “Despite Covid-19 deaths averaging over 1,000 a week in the first quarter of 2022, overall mortality rates during this period are slightly lower than the pre-Covid rates seen in the first quarters of 2019 and 2020.”

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