According to an interactive map with official data, 71 areas in England and Wales did not have a single death from Covid-19 in July.
The map adds to the growing evidence that the Covid-19 outbreak in Britain is fading, showing a breakdown of zip code by zip code to where most people died.
Crabtree and Fir Vale in Sheffield had the most Covid-19 deaths between March and July, with 67 followed by Bishop Auckland in County Durham with 38.
There were 90.2 deaths per 100,000 people involving Covid-19 in England and Wales over the five-month period. But this fell from a peak of 53.4 per 100,000 in April to just 1.8 in July during the summer.
The North West of England had the highest coronavirus death rate in the month of July, but rates for all regions have fallen since last month. There were 2.8 deaths related to Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in the Northwest, compared to 0.3 in the Southwest and 1.2 in London.
People in disadvantaged areas were twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than people in wealthy areas, the figures described as ‘sobering’ showed.
The Office for National Statistics figures are based on all deaths in which Covid-19 was listed on the death certificate and recorded on Aug. 15.
There were 51,831 Covid-19 deaths between March 1 and July 31 of this year, representing one-fifth of all deaths.
The ONS ‘total Covid-19 death toll is higher than that of the Department of Health (41,477) because the government only counts victims if they have had a positive test result and died within 28 days of diagnosis.
But tens of thousands of infected Brits were not tested in the spring due to a lack of testing. Many would not even have had any symptoms, meaning they never felt the need to be cleaned.
WHICH AUTHORITIES DIDN’T HAVE COVID-19 DEATH IN JULY?
- North East Lincolnshire
- Bracknell Forest
- Isles of Scilly
- East Cambridgeshire
- South Cambridgeshire
- South Lakeland
- East Devon
- North Devon
- South Hams
- Epping Forest
- Forest of Dean
- Basingstoke and Deane
- Ribble Valley
- Oadby and Wigston
- South Kesteven
- West Lindsey
- Great Yarmouth
- King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
- North Norfolk
- Epsom and Ewell
- Mole Valley
- Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey Heath
- Malvern Hills
- East Suffolk
- Somerset West and Taunton
- City of London
- Kingston upon Thames
- Tower Hamlets
- Neath Port Talbot
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Swansea Bay University Health Board
There were 90.2 deaths related to Covid-19 per 100,000 people in England and Wales from March to July – 90.9 in England and 75.7 in Wales.
But this has declined significantly since April during the pandemic period, to 20.8 in May, 5.9 in June and 1.8 in July.
London had the highest death rate during the pandemic, with 143.4 deaths per 100,000 residents – far more than the Northwest, in second place, with 122.2 deaths per 100,000.
The Southwest saw the lowest death rate at 44.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
About 30 percent of London deaths from March to July were the result of suspected or confirmed Covid-19, the data shows. This compares to 11.5 percent in the Southwest.
Today’s figures show on a local scale the number of deaths caused by or at least partly due to the coronavirus.
Looking at cumulative cases, Church End in Brent, after Crabtree and Fir Vale and Bishop Auckland, recorded the most Covid-19 deaths (36).
This was followed by Halton Lea and Brookvale, Chellsaton West and Shelton Lock, Nascot Wood and Cramlington Town & Beaconhill, all with 34 each over the five-month period.
But when we look at the total deaths, including those caused by Covid-19, the data paints a different picture.
Heene, in Worthing, has had the most deaths (137), with only 24 caused by the coronavirus.
Out of 336 local authorities in England and Wales, 71 were dead-free areas involving Covid-19 in July.
Only two areas recorded more than 20 deaths per 100,000 people in July: Leicester (24), the first and only place in England to be closed off locally on a large scale, and Ashford (21).
Another 239 registered fewer than 10 deaths related to Covid-19, but this may change as more deaths are recorded, the ONS said.
The North West of England, including Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Mersey and Cheshire, had the highest death rate from coronavirus in the month of July.
But numbers for all regions have fallen since last month, while many parts of the Northwest have been placed under tougher coronavirus measures to address the rising cases.
Looking at the cumulative numbers, which are disproportionate to population size, Thursaston and Irby, in Wirral, had the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in July.
But it only had six, followed by St Matthews and Highfields North in Leicester, with five.
In England, the number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the most disadvantaged areas in July (3.1 per 100,000 people) was more than double in the richest areas (1.4).
Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, said the data is “sobering.”
She said: ‘They show that people living in the most deprived areas of the UK are 2.2 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people in the least deprived areas.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new. In more ordinary times, the poorest of us were almost twice as likely to die on any given day than the richest.
“It was bad for your health to be bad before the pandemic; COVID-19 has made things worse. Much ill health can be avoided.
“Today’s figures make it clear that the government has a huge task ahead of it to close this growing health gap.”
More reassuring data published in a study last night showed that no healthy children were killed by Covid-19.
Heat maps of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales in April (left) and July (right) show a dramatic decrease in the number of people dying and also show that significantly fewer areas are now affected by the virus
Research led by the University of Liverpool found that six children died during the British crisis, but all were seriously ill from conditions such as cerebral palsy or cancer before contracting the virus.
The study found that the risk for children is ‘strikingly low’, only a small proportion of them end up in hospital and deaths are ‘exceptionally rare’.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, six children under the age of 15 have died from the coronavirus in England and Wales, and nine 15 to 19-year-olds.
This compares with 52,082 victims in all other age groups up to Aug. 14, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Scientists led by the University of Liverpool found that one percent of hospitalized children died, compared with a significantly more 27 percent of adults.
This means that while one in four adults who ended up in the hospital with Covid-19 died of it, only one in 100 children did.
The research, published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, comes amid a fiery debate over whether children in England should return to school in September, with critics saying there isn’t enough evidence that they will be safe.
Parents need to be reassured that their children will not be endangered by returning to school, the scientists who led the study.
But unions and other experts are concerned that the reopening of schools is not endangering the children, but their parents, grandparents and adult staff in the school as children transport it between households.
“The study is reassuring,” said Dr. Liz Whittaker, an infectious disease expert at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
It is consistent with other studies that have reported low rates of Covid infections over a six-month period – 651 children in a pediatric population of 16 million.
“Very few children have been admitted to intensive care and the researchers reported a very low death rate – especially when compared to adults, but also when compared to the death rate from other infections and other causes of death in children.”
Professor Calum Semple, an expert in outbreak medicine and child health at the University of Liverpool who led the study, said: “Serious illness is rare and death is extremely rare.
“ They need to be confident that their children will not be directly harmed by going back to school and we know that they will be harmed by being kept out of school due to the lack of educational opportunities, which has implications for mental health. ‘