Just 17 neighbourhoods in England and Wales have not recorded a COVID death during the pandemic, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.
The areas are mostly concentrated in the south-west of England – a region that has been hit less badly by the coronavirus outbreak than the rest of the country, as well as some inner-city areas and neighbourhoods in Wales.
The ONS figures refer to deaths in Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs), which are small geographic areas consisting of roughly between 5,000 and 15,000 people, used by government and statistics agencies to measure local data.
There are a total of 7,201 MSOA neighbourhoods in England and Wales, just 17 of which have not recorded a death from coronavirus as of the end of February 2021, amounting to less than 1%.
The 17 neighbourhoods with zero COVID deaths are:
Bristol City Centre
Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth
Tylers Green, Wycombe
Mid Saltash, Cornwall
Dunkeswell, Upottery & Stockland, East Devon
Barnstaple Sticklepath, North Devon
Teignmouth North, Devon
Eynsham & Stanton Harcourt, West Oxfordshire
Dunster, Dulverton & Exmoor, West Somerset
Isles of Scilly
Weston Winterstoke, North Somerset
Leeds City Centre
Castlefield & Deansgate, Manchester
Llandudno Junction South & Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Conwy
Rhyl South West, Denbighshire
The table below shows the number of COVID deaths in each neighbourhood in England and Wales throughout the pandemic. Search for your area below.
The worst-hit neighbourhood is the area of Crabtree & Fir Vale in South Yorkshire, which has had a total of 75 deaths during the pandemic. Four of the top ten worst hit areas are in Essex.
The 10 worst-hit neighbourhoods and the number of deaths during COVID are:
Crabtree & Fir Vale, South Yorkshire, 75
West St Leonards, East Sussex, 69
Walton & Frinton Coastal, Essex, 64
Haywards Heath West, Sussex, 63
Hadleigh, Essex, 62
Chalkwell, Essex, 58
Tonyrefail West, Wales, 57
Friern Barnet, Middlesex, 56
Frinton West & Kirby, Essex, 56
Southbourne, Bosham & Thorney, Sussex, 56
According to the latest ONS figures, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in February 2021 for the fourth consecutive month in both England and in Wales.
COVID-19 accounted for 30.1% of the 55,489 deaths registered in England in February and 22.2% of the 3,199 deaths in Wales.
The second leading cause of death was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in England and ischaemic heart diseases in Wales.
COVID-19 accounted for more than three times the number of deaths than the second leading cause in England and more than two times in Wales, the ONS said.
The East of England was the English region with the highest mortality rate for deaths due to COVID-19 in February 2021, with 477.1 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by London, which saw 465.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
South West continued to have the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, at 258.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
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