Coronavirus: Church End second highest for deaths in UK and Alperton highest death rate

PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 June 2020 | UPDATED: 13:51 18 June 2020

Covid-19 levels in Tower Hamlets are among highest in the country. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Covid-19 levels in Tower Hamlets are among highest in the country. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Niall Carson/PA

Church End recorded the second highest number of deaths with coronavirus in England - while Alperton had the highest death rate.

Brent had the highest rate in the UK in the three months from March, with 210.9 Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Newham with 196.8, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

When broken down to local areas with similar population sizes, the figures show that between March 1 and May 31, Church End registered 36 deaths of with people with coronavirus out of a total of 57 fatalities.

In Wembley 26 people from the Forty Lane area died with the virus, out of 57 registered deaths. The number of Covid deaths in Barnhill the Avenue was 25, while the figure was 23 in Alperton and 22 in Tokynton.

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As a percentage, Alperton East had the highest proportion of deaths with the virus (79 per cent), followed by Stonebridge (67pc).

Dudden Hill and Cricklewood Anson Road had the lowest number of covid deaths. Five people in each ward died after being infected, results show.

In Kilburn West 50pc of deaths were Covid-related.

High covid deaths have been linked to areas with the most deprivation.

Dave Innes, head of economics at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “Before the pandemic hit, there were signs that our record on tackling poverty and health inequalities was unravelling. Covid-19 has laid bare just how stark those inequalities are.”

Alperton Liberal Democrat ward councillor Anton Georgiou said: “As we know Alperton is a diverse ward and the impact Covid has had has been devastating. It highlights the need for us to think deeper about inequality and how we can alleviate that.”

Sadiq Kahn has written to the prime minister Boris Johnson calling for face masks to be mandatory while shopping. Non-essential stores reopened on Monday which saw crowds descend on Brent’s high streets.

Face coverings are already mandatory on public transport.

The London Mayor said: “It is increasingly clear that face coverings will play a key role in our efforts to stop the further spread of the virus and they need to become a more regular part of our day-to-day life.

“I urge the government to follow World Health Organisation guidance and make these coverings mandatory for those shopping in retail outlets and in other spaces where it is impossible to keep a safe distance.”

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