18th Sep, 2020

Figures show swathe Covid-19 has cut through Redditch and beyond

Ross Crawford 27th Jul, 2020 Updated: 27th Jul, 2020

FIGURES from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) detail the swathe cut by coronavirus through Worcestershire.

The latest statistics show the number of deaths occurring in the period March to May 2020, where Covid-19 was mentioned as a cause on the death certificate.

Bromsgrove town has suffered the most, with 72 fatalities, and Bromsgrove district as a whole, including Alvechurch (eight deaths) and Wythall (15), recording 95 in total.

Worcester city is also counting the cost, with 62 deaths, and Redditch with 59.

Malvern has seen 33 deaths and Droitwich 19.

In Warwickshire, Stratford has recorded 50 deaths, Studley nine, Alcester four and Great Alne and Wilmcote eight.

The majority of people died in April, but coronavirus as a cause of death still lingered into May and June and beyond.

The last death due to coronavirus recorded by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was on July 14.

The Trust has confirmed that since the pandemic broke 275 patients who were being cared for in its hospitals, and had tested positive for COVID-19, had died.

The patients whose deaths were announced so far were aged between 41 and 100.

Meanwhile the ONS estimates that in the July 13-19, one in 2,000 people within the community (which excludes those in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings) had Covid-19. This equates to an estimated 27,700 people.

Following the peak recorded in April 2020, in June 2020 there has been a large decrease in the proportion of deaths involving coronavirus across all English regions and Wales.

The map detailing the impact of coronavirus can be accessed here

The map will next be updated in early September to include deaths occurring in July 2020.

The break down of deaths for Redditch:

Town centre – nine, Batchley and Brockhill – seven, Southcrest – six, Webheath – four, Crabbs Cross/Hunt End – nine, Oakenshaw – 5, Greenlands / Woodrow – two, Arrow Valley / Ipsley – three, Matchborough – six, Winyates / Winyates Green – three, Church Hill / Riverside – two, Hunt End / Feckenham – three.

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