Southwark’s tragic three-month coronavirus death toll revealed area by area in new stats

Josh Salisbury (16 June, 2020)

All of the 34 areas dividing the borough recorded coronavirus deaths in three months

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At least 241 people have died as a result of coronavirus in Southwark in three months, according to newly-released data.

The stark stats from the Office for National Statistics show that Covid-19 was either the main or contributing cause in more than 40 per cent of deaths in Southwark in the three months from March 1 to May 31.

However, both of our neighbouring boroughs Lewisham and Lambeth recorded slightly higher standardised rates of coronavirus fatalities, when accounting for population differences.

The stats for Southwark are also broken down into 34 areas across the borough, revealing which local areas have been hardest hit by the tragedy of coronavirus deaths.

A graph showing the breakdown of coronavirus deaths in Southwark

Deaths are those where Covid was listed either as an “underlying cause” or “contributory cause” on a death certificate.

These areas, called MSOAs, roughly correlate to geographic areas within the borough. 

The worst affected area logged in the data is designated Queen’s Road Peckham, which saw 25 residents lose their life from the virus in those three months.

London Bridge and Bermondsey West saw 24 deaths from the illness, while Surrey Quays saw 15 deaths.

All of the 34 areas dividing the borough recorded at least one coronavirus death in those three months.

Bermondsey East, which encapsulates a significant section of Jamaica Road and Bermondsey Spa, recorded the fewest Covid-fatalities, with one person sadly losing their life in three months.

Statisticians believe that areas with higher levels of deprivation are seeing higher Covid-19 death rates.

However, while London was initially hit hard by the virus, it is now experiencing lower death rates than many other parts of the country.

Although London had some of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the country during March and April, it is now experiencing lower mortality rates compared with most areas,” said Sarah Caul, of the ONS.

“Meanwhile, people living in more deprived areas have continued to experience COVID-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less deprived areas. 

“General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but COVID-19 appears to be increasing this effect.”

More details on how areas in Southwark have been affected by the coronavirus can be found by entering your postcode on the interactive graphic below.




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