Almost a quarter of deaths from Manchester coronavirus occurred in a single suburb


Almost a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in Manchester have been recorded in Wythenshawe, according to new figures. There have been 361 deaths involving a coronavirus in the city between March 1 and May 31, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Some 87 of these deaths have been reported in nine Wythenshawe neighborhoods – including Baguley, Newall Green and Northenden.

The 18 deaths reported at Benchill North and Sharston represent the highest count in Manchester, along with Fallowfield West and Whalley Range South.

Councilor Tim Whiston, representing the residents of Benchill and Sharston, said, “I think the demographics of the area have played a big part in what is going on, especially in Benchill which was once one of the places the most disadvantaged in the country.

Sharston Advisor Tim Whiston

“It is a family space where you have a high number of children but also a high number of elderly people, who, as we know, are the most exposed to the virus.

“But there are also a lot of people who work at the airport or indirectly in jobs like cleaning or driving taxis.

“They may have had contact with people leaving flights from countries like Italy who were the first hot spots for the virus.”

An interactive map providing updated ONS numbers allows people to enter their postal codes and find out how many people have had a coronavirus listed on their death certificates

Health officials say the numbers are for nursing home locations, where the number of deaths from COVID-19 has been above average.

The number of deaths linked to the virus has been “steadily decreasing” since mid-April.

Dave Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most difficult public health emergencies this city has ever faced.

Wythenshawe City Center

“Every life lost has been deeply felt and we will be there to support everyone who was affected during this difficult time.

“Our priority now is to continue to contain the virus and prevent any future spikes. This objective will be achieved thanks to the continued implementation of the test and tracing and to the continuous respect of social distancing practices. ”

There was only one death in the city center – in April – in the Piccadilly and Ancoats area. There were none north of downtown and in Collyhurst, according to ONS figures.

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Castlefield and Deansgate have had no deaths.

Coun Pat Karney, spokesman for the city center city council, said that most of the 25,000 people living in the heart of Manchester are younger and generally less susceptible to the virus.

The board said it was difficult to draw “solid conclusions” from the ONS data “since we are still going through this pandemic.”

David Regan is director of public health for Manchester

Coun Bev Craig, executive member for adults, health and wellness, said, “Every life lost is a tragedy, and my thoughts go out to all those who have lost someone throughout COVID.

“In Manchester, we have worked 24 hours a day since the outbreak of this pandemic to protect our residents as best we can. The delivery of more than 3.3 million PPE items to nursing homes and organizations working with vulnerable people and volunteer groups; to provide comprehensive support to nursing homes, which we have supported from the start with daily calls, and testing in nursing homes and outpatient testing from March 16.

“We worked hard from the start to make sure that we prioritize social care at the local level.

“We also know that our city has suffered for too long with health and wealth inequalities, inequalities that have been exacerbated by COVID and inequalities that we must eliminate from our city.

“We also know that our city has suffered for too long with health and wealth inequalities, inequalities that have been exacerbated by COVID, and inequalities that we must eliminate from our city.”


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