London was the most affected region in England for the deaths of Covide-19, with a mortality rate one-third higher than any other region, but the numbers are now starting to fall.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that for England and Wales, showed that London suffered by far the worst mortality rate after the capital emerged as the epicentre of the epidemic in the UK.
Lewisham arrived with the seventh highest number of coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people, measured between March 1 and May 31, along with Brent, Hackney and Newham.
The mortality rate in Lewisham was 168.1, followed by 161.6 in Croydon, 130.5 in Greenwich and 117.5 in Dartford.
The good news is that coronavirus mortality rates more than halved in all but two regions of England and Wales between April and May, and that London saw the largest decrease of all.
The capital’s mortality rate fell by 83.3%, according to the ONS. with only 15.7 deaths per 100,000.
London had the highest rate in March and April, with rates of 27.8 deaths per 100,000 population and 94.1 deaths per 100,000 respectively.
South-west England had the lowest mortality rate in each of the last three months.
The local authority with the highest mortality rate of Covid-19 in May was Preston in Lancashire, with a rate of 51.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
For all regions, men had a much higher mortality rate than women, with the exception of the Northeast region in May.
The figures are based on all deaths in March, April and May 2020 when Covide-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, which was recorded as of June 6.
The Conservative mayor of Tees Valley, Ben Houchen, said the North East was between four and six weeks behind London in terms of record number of deaths.
With the exception of London, mortality rates in May were even higher than in March.
The ONS reported that more deaths are recorded, the mortality rate is likely to increase, especially in May.
Friday’s figures show that people living in the most deprived areas of England continue to experience coronavirus mortality rates more than double those living in less disadvantaged areas.
There were 128.3 deaths per 100,000 population in the most disadvantaged areas, 118% more than the 58.8 deaths per 100,000 in the least disadvantaged regions of the country.
This is more than the difference in the mortality rate for all deaths, which is 92.2% higher than in the least disadvantaged areas.