North West England had the highest coronavirus death rate of any region in England in June, new figures show, but death rates have fallen sharply across the country compared to May.
Nine out of 100,000 people died from the coronavirus in June in the region, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), up from more than 27 the previous month.
In London, the coronavirus death rate fell from 16.2 in May to 3.1 in June – after peaking at 94.7 in April.
The north-east of England has seen the biggest drop in death rates. While the region averaged 33.5 deaths per 100,000 population in May, that figure fell to 7.2 per 100,000 in June.
Meanwhile, the southwest of England had the lowest Covid-19 death rate in June, at 2.1. The region has reported the lowest coronavirus death rate in any part of England in each of the past four months.
The figures are based on all deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate and which had been recorded as of July 1, according to the ONS.
More locally, Ashford, Kent, was the local authority with the highest death rate involving Covid-19 in England in June, with a rate of 36.5 deaths per 100,000 population – broadly unchanged from 36 , 7 in May.
The London Borough of Brent was the local authority in England with the highest overall death rate from Covid-19 over the four months of March to June, with 216.6 deaths per 100,000 population.
Brent was followed by four other London boroughs: Newham with 201.6 deaths per 100,000 population, Haringey with 185.1, Hackney with 183.3 and Harrow with 182.8.
Apart from London, the local authorities with the highest death rate during this period were Middlesbrough with 178, followed by Hertsmere in Hertfordshire with 166.7, Salford in Greater Manchester with 166.2, Watford with 165, 2 and Liverpool with 150.4.