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Coronavirus: How many Covid-19 deaths have there been in Norfolk?




There have been 457 deaths from Covid-19 across Norfolk, the latest figures show.

West Norfolk is the worst-affected area of the county, with 139 deaths related to the coronavirus recorded by Thursday, July 9, the data from Public Health England shows.

This is compared to 81 in Breckland and 47 in North Norfolk.

Norwich has recorded the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths to this date, of 17.

Across Norfolk, 2,854 cases have been confirmed, with West Norfolk accounting for 848 of those.

Breckland has had 431 cases, and North Norfolk has had just 217.

Care should be taken in interpreting these figures, however, as the number of cases confirmed could be affected by the proximity to testing centres.

Last month, the county's public health director said other factors, such as age and deprivation profile, could explain why the case rate is so much higher in West Norfolk.

Many more cases of Covid-19 will have gone unrecorded because no test was carried out, particularly among those who suffered milder symptoms.

Examining the cases rate per 100,000 people may still give some indication, however, of how severely an area has been hit by the virus.

When looking at this data, West Norfolk is still by far the worst hit in the area, with 558.6 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 309.3 per 100,000 in Breckland.

Within the rest of county (which itself has a case rate of 315.8 per 100,000 people), Broadland (312.8) and Great Yarmouth (341.1) fare worse than North Norfolk (207.6), Norwich (205.5) or South Norfolk (234.8).

A drive-through testing site
A drive-through testing site

This week, QEH chief operating officer Denise Smith said, in papers ahead of a board meeting, as of June 30, they had treated 450 patients who had tested positive for coronavirus.

Of that figure, 291 had recovered sufficiently to be discharged – this has now risen to 296 – but 152 patients had died at the hospital.

This interactive map demonstrates how areas of Norfolk have compared to other areas.

And this map demonstrates the cumulative rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 across the country, and can be altered by date.

It shows significantly higher case rates in Leicester and in Ashford in Kent.

Across the UK, there have officially been 44,602 Covid-19 deaths as of Thursday.

However, excess death rates - the number of deaths above average levels for the time of year - suggest the true total could be thousands higher.

For the first 12 weeks of the year, the death rate was actually lower than the five-year average.

However, once the coronavirus hit, the excess death rate spiked.

The Office for National Statistics reports: “Between weeks 13 and 22, 157,687 deaths were registered, which was 57,961 more than the five-year average.”

The death rate has since returned to normal levels.

Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156104)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156104)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156388)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156388)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156390)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156390)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156030)
Public Health England's weekly surveillance report, published July 8, 2020 (38156030)

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