In the week ending December 24, 591 deaths registered mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
This is the sixth consecutive weekly fall – down 22% from the previous week – and the lowest number of deaths since the week to August 20, when the total was 570.
Coronavirus accounted for around one in 22 (4.5%) of all deaths registered in England and Wales in the latest week.
There were 253 deaths involving Covid-19 among people aged 80 and over registered in the week to December 24 – the lowest number since August 20.
Among 70- to 79-year-olds there were 128 deaths – the lowest since August 13.
The number of care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 also fell – to 55 from 60 registered deaths in the previous week.
In total, 44,521 care home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.
The ONS figures cover deaths of care home residents in all settings, not just in care homes.
A total of 174,961 deaths have occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.
Deaths have remained at a low level throughout the latest wave of cases, with the vaccine rollout playing a major role.
It is too early to tell if the surge in cases caused by the Omicron variant is affecting the number of Covid-19 deaths.
This is due to the typical length of time between infection, hospital admission and death – two to three weeks.
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