THIS map reveals the five areas which have seen the most Covid deaths since the start of the pandemic, and the spots where no one died.
The killer virus has taken thousands of lives from 7,200 postcodes in England and Wales – with new data released today breaking down the fatalities into local neighbourhoods.
Crabtree and Fir Vales in the Sheffield district bore the worst death toll in the Office for National Statistics report.
From March 2020 up to April 2021, the small area saw 78 deaths from Covid alone.
West St Leonard in Sussex came second in the grim tally, with 71 virus deaths in the 14 months.
Third in the morbid league table is Walton and Frinton Coastal in Tendring, which saw 70 deaths up to April.
It comes as…
In total, the UK has faced 129,881 deaths from the virus since March last year.
Despite this huge number, 14 areas managed to avoid any deaths, with parts of Devon, Somerset and Manchester – which struggled with high infection rates – seeing no fatalities.
It comes as new deaths reported in the last 24 hours rose from 24 yesterday to 138 today
But the number of people testing positive for Covid in the UK has dropped for the fifth day in a row, with another 21,691 infections recorded.
The falling case numbers coincide with a rise in Covid vaccinations, as ministers urge young people to get their jab to protect against death and serious illness.
The ONS issued data on excess deaths in local neighbourhoods during the pandemic this morning.
In total there are 7,201 neighbourhoods in England and Wales, with an average population of about 8,000 people.
The report found: “Some neighbourhoods saw more than twice as many residents die than would have been expected for the time of year during the spring and summer of 2020, while excess deaths were spread out over a longer period in the following autumn and winter.
“At an individual neighbourhood level between March and July 2020, some of the hardest hit places for overall excess deaths were spread across the north of England, Midlands and south of England.
“There were around 200 neighbourhoods where the number of deaths was at least double what would normally have been expected during those five months.
“As 2021 began with a third national lockdown, there were many areas in both England and Wales with high mortality rates; with the area from Essex to East London to East Sussex suffering due to the spread of the Alpha Covid-19 variant, first identified in Kent.
“Since March 2021, deaths in England and Wales returned to average or near to average for the time of year, although deaths due to Covid-19 increased again in July.”
The 14 areas which saw no Covid deaths up to April 2021:
- Bristol City Centre
- Llandudno Junction South and Llasanffraid Glan Conwy
- Mid Saltash
- Isles of Scilly
- Leeds City Centre
- Castlefield and Deansgate
- Barnstaple Sticklepath
- Weston Winterstoke
- Tamerton Foliot
- Eynsham & Stanton Harcourt
- Dunster, Dulverton and Exmoor
Despite the rise of the Delta variant over the past few months, an expert said this morning Britain could now be “over the edge” of the third wave – thanks to the vaccines.
Jamie Jenkins, former head of health statistics at the Office for National Statistics, told LBC cases have been falling since July 19.
He said: “I think looking at the data, we normally see deaths peaking around 14 days after cases come down, I think we might start being over the hill now when it comes to deaths.”
Mr Jenkins added: “We probably are over the edge of the wave at the moment but let’s have a bit of caution as we go into the autumn period.”
He said hospital admissions are around 80 per cent lower than what they would have been in the past and deaths were 90 per cent lower.
The expert explained: “The vaccine effect has kicked in as well – if you look at the same number of cases to what we had in the winter, it would have been 800 deaths rather than 65-70.”
Britain’s successful jabs roll-out has been heralded for breaking the link between infections and severe illness – and this weekend, it was reported that 32million of us will be offered a booster jab this autumn.
Those who were given the Pfizer vaccination will be offered a third dose if they’re over 50 or their immune system is suppressed.