Royal Wootton Bassett has more coronavirus deaths in Wiltshire, ONS data reveals


ROYAL Wootton Bassett has seen more coronavirus-related deaths than anywhere else in Wiltshire, new figures reveal it.

And the National Statistics Office says Wroughton, Wichelstowe and Chiseldon are Swindon hotspots when it comes to Covid-19 deaths.

Between March and May, 22 people in the Royal Wootton Bassett area died with the virus, which is more significant than in Wiltshire 61 in other areas.

Meanwhile, 26 people in the area encompassing Wroughton, Wichelstowe and Chiseldon died with the disease during these months – more than in any other 26 areas in Swindon.

The information comes from new data MODULES which shows the number of deaths involving Covid-19 divided into smaller sections within local authorities.

The DATA MODULES includes deaths for which the coronavirus was the underlying cause, or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributing factor.

In May, 48 deaths in Swindon were linked to Covid-19, including those recorded until June 6 – equivalent to 25.5 deaths per 100,000 people living there.

This means that the Swindon death rate ranked second out of the 27 lower-tier board areas with the data available in the southwest.

But this update in mortality rates was much smaller than it was in April, when it was 58.3.

In Wiltshire together, 118 deaths were linked to coronavirus, as of May, including those recorded until June 6 – equivalent to 20.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

The county’s death rate is ranked fourth out of 27 lower-tier council areas with data available in the region and again represented a significant drop from the previous month, when it was 34.2.

Two of these drops reflect the trend across England, where the average death rate more than halved in the two months, at 20.0 deaths per 100,000 people.

A government spokesperson said, “Every death from this disease is a tragedy, but thanks to our health care and workers and the tremendous efforts of the British population, the rates of Covid-19 infections are falling over time.

“The government is working to understand the main drivers of disparities in infection and death rates, and the relationships between the different risk factors.

“We are taking Public Health work in England recent from the disparity of review, which will help us make a real difference in people’s lives and protect our communities from the impact of the coronavirus.”


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