24,000 died of cold last winter
11:05, Nov 29 2012
There were 24,000 deaths linked to cold weather last winter, new figures show.
Almost 20,000 of the "excess winter deaths" were among people over the age of 75, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The overall figure was down on the previous winter when there were an estimated 26,800 excess deaths in England and Wales.
There were more cold weather-related deaths in women than men.
The ONS said excess winter mortality for 2011/12 was highest in London. In the previous winter it was highest in Wales.
Last winter, Wales recorded one of the lowest levels of excess winter mortality, second only to the North East of England.
The ONS said mortality peaked in February, which is likely to be related to bouts of flu and cold temperatures.
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