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Lowest weekly rise in UK Jewish deaths from coronavirus

But Board of Deputies urges caution with resumption of synagogue services

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British Jewry's main burial societies conducted more twice as many funerals from March to May this year compared to the same period in 2019, the Board of Deputies has reported.

But there was just one recorded death in the community from coronavirus over the past week, according to the Board, the lowest weekly increase since it began publishing figures.

In March, April and May this year, six of the largest Jewish burial societies held 811 funerals, compared with 358 in 2019, a rise of 127 per cent.

The overall death toll from coronavirus in the community stood at 501 by the end of last week - which includes data from more than other 30 Jewish burial societies. In the previous week, the death toll was 500.

The Board's president Marie van der Zyl commented,  "The reopening of some synagogues this Shabbat will come as a relief to many of us, as some aspects of our Jewish way of life return to normal.

"But as these figures show, we have disproportionately lost loved ones, friends and family as a community. It is critical we follow government guidance and caution going forward to save lives."

 

 

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