AN interactive map has shown just how much the coronavirus death toll is shrinking across the UK.
The data, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today, shows the number of coronavirus deaths by local authority.
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On mobile, use the drop down to select an area. Then toggle between ‘All deaths’ and ‘Covid-19 deaths’ to see the fatalities per 100,000.
And the difference between the numbers now, compared to at the height of the pandemic is stark – with just two areas in England recording more than 20 coronavirus deaths last month.
It has revealed that 71 areas in England and Wales didn’t have a single Covid-19 related death in July.
Figures also show that Leicester, which had previously faced localised lockdowns, and Ashford in Kent, were the worst hit.
But these areas were the only two in the country to have seen more than 20 fatalities in the last month.
While the rest of the country opened up on Saturday, July 4, Leicester’s pubs, hairdressers, and restaurants had to remain closed.
Officials asked for more time to get the disease under control in Leicester after Public Health England identified 3,216 cases since the start of the epidemic – 944 in the two weeks before lockdown.
New data from the ONS revealed that Leicester had the highest number of deaths in July.
It had 24 deaths and a rate of 10.0 deaths per 100,000 of the population.
This was higher than the number of deaths recorded in March when the country first went into lockdown.
In March Leicester had 16 deaths and a rate of 7.0 deaths per 100,000 of the population.
The figures for July are in fact lower than figures from April which show that the area had 153 deaths, in May it had 87 and in June, 35.
The ONS also revealed that Ashford in Kent recorded 21 deaths in July.
Similar to Leicester these numbers are lower than the counts in previous months.
In April Ashford had 53 deaths, in May 47 and in June it reported 47 deaths.
In July this was 16.2 deaths per 100,000 the population.
The ONS stated that only three deaths occurred in March in the area.
The data also found that there was only one area in Wales with enough deaths involving Covid-19 to calculate a rating for July.
Wrexham had 15 deaths with a rate of 11.1 deaths per 100,000 the population.
The ONS figures, which take into account the age of population, are based on all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate and which had been registered by August 15.
The data also revealed that the North West of England had the highest coronavirus mortality rates for July.
Several areas in the North West has greater restrictions imposed on them last month as cases of the virus continued to climb.
Despite this, figures for all regions have decreased since the previous month.
The ONS states that there were 2.8 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 of population for the North West, down from 9.2 in June, when it was also the region with the highest rate.
The South West had the lowest rate again, with 0.3 deaths per 100,000 population, down from 2.1 in June.
In London the rate was 1.2 for July, down from 3.1 in June.