Charity Age UK has said that the ONS figures on rising winter deaths should be cause for "national shame" because of a "failure to address the scandal of cold homes" in the UK.
The majority of winter deaths reported by the ONS were among pensioners with over-75s accounting for 25,600 winter-related deaths in 2012/13.
Deaths were highest in the North West in 2012/13 and lowest in London.
"The number of deaths peaked in the first week of January, which coincided with a peak in rates of influenza-like illness over the Christmas weeks," the ONS report said.
The Office for National Statistics has tweeted:
Doctors at emergency departments in England are warning of another crisis in the NHS this winter.
The President of the College of Emergency Medicine told ITV News that fewer doctors and other increased pressures on the service could push the NHS to breaking point.
ITV News Reporter Nick Thatcher reports:
The Cold Weather Plan for England says there are "too many avoidable deaths each winter", with just over 24,000 each year in England and Wales.
The plan was published by Public Health England in collaboration with the Department of Health, NHS England and the Local Government Association.
The Government is urging people to use their heating this winter as part of a plan to prevent some of the thousands of avoidable deaths that occur each year.
The Cold Weather Plan for England recommends:
- People should keep their homes warm, with living room temperatures of 21C and bedrooms and the rest of the house heated to 18C
- If people are unable to afford to heat all their rooms, they should heat their living room during the day and bedrooms just before going to bed
- Those eligible for a flu jab should get one
- Measures should be taken to reduce heat waste, such as fitting draught-proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors
- People should look after themselves with plenty of hot food and drinks, five portions a day of fruit and veg, and wearing layers
The Anglia Weather correspondent at Potter Heigham in Norfolk recorded nearly 10cm or 4 inches of snow on Thursday night.
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