More than 250 people have died with coronavirus in Coventry, figures reveal – as a report finds that the mortality rate in deprived areas is double that of wealthy postcodes.
The report by the ONS found that the rate of people dying with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in England’s most deprived areas was 3.1 per 100,000 population. This is more than double the 1.4 rate in the least deprived areas.
While the figures do not break down the mortality rate for each ward within each local authority, there are huge differences in the number of people who have died with Covid-19 within different parts of Coventry.
Three wards in the city – Little Heath, Walsgrave and Woodway Park and Chapelfields – recorded one death with Covid-19 between March and the end of July. At the other end of the scale, Ernesford Grange and Stoke Aldermoor recorded 19 deaths.
Tile Hill and Copsewood recorded 14 deaths each while Brownshill Green, Whitley and Tollbar End and Clifford Park each recorded 12 deaths.
There have been a total of 258 deaths in Coventry throughout the pandemic and up until the end of July, according to the ONS figures.
But there is some good news. The figures show a dramatic fall in the number of people dying with Covid-19 in Coventry in later months. In March, 39 deaths were recorded across the city, rising to 169 in April at the peak of the virus’s spread.
In May this fell to 42 deaths, while in June there were seven and in July just two. The two wards to record deaths in July were Clifford Park and Earlsdon and Canley Gardens.
This mirrors the national picture. In an introduction to the data, an ONS spokesman said that 71 out of 336 local authority areas in England and Wales recorded no deaths in July. And a further 229 areas recorded fewer than 10 deaths.
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Only two areas recorded more than 20 deaths in July – Leicester, with 24 deaths, and Ashford, with 21 deaths.
The ONS spokesman added: “There were 51,831 deaths occurring in England and Wales between March 1 and July 31 and registered by August 15 that involved coronavirus. This represented 20 per cent of all deaths occurring over this period, which was 259,199 deaths.
Number of deaths in Coventry by ward
|Ward||Total deaths||Deaths in March||Deaths in April||Deaths in May||Deaths in June||Deaths in July|
|Walsgrave and Woodway Park||1||1|
|Earl Place and Lime Tree Park||2||1||1|
|Naul’s Mill and Bishopsgate Green||2||1||1|
|Lower Stoke and Gosford Park||2||1||1|
|Henley Green and Wood End||3||1||2|
|Eastern Green and Tanyard Farm||4||1||1||2|
|Allesley Green and Lower Eastern Green||7||5||1||1|
|Canley and Westwood Heath||7||1||5||1|
|Stivechall and Finham||7||1||5||2|
|Cheylesmore Daventry Road||8||1||5||2|
|Earlsdon and Canley Gardens||10||1||8||1|
|Whitley and Tollbar End||12||10||2|
|Ernesford Grange and Stoke Aldermoor||19||4||12||2||1|