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How many people are dying in Lancs compared to five year average

Written by on May 30, 2020

Fresh statistics have shown how Lancashire deaths compare to the five year average.

Figures published by the Office of National Statistics have compared the number of expected deaths in Lancashire (based on a five year average) to the number in April 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Britain.

They unsurprisingly show that all areas of Lancashire saw a higher than average numbers of deaths compared to the five year average, with Chorley and West Lancashire topping the list.

Deaths in West Lancashire were twice as high as normal at the height of the coronavirus outbreak (April 2020) when a total of 203 deaths were registered there.

That number is 109.3 per cent higher than the five year average for the month of 97 registered deaths.

That means West Lancashire had the highest number of excess deaths (ie. those above levels usually expected) locally last month.

In the four weeks to May 1, 75 deaths were registered in the area where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The map below shows the number for April 2020 vs the average number, for each area.

Chorley was next on the list with 186 registered deaths which is 100.4 per cent higher than the five year average.

The smallest increase was in South Ribble where 137 deaths were registered in April, 53.9 per cent higher than the five year average of 89.

Across Lancashire, 1,806 deaths were registered in April, an increase of 72.5 per cent on the five year average of 1,047 for that month.

The area experienced 507 coronavirus related deaths registered in the four weeks to May 1.

In April, 88,153 deaths were registered in England and Wales, double the 44,345 usually seen in April.

These figures are based on the date the death was registered, not when it occurred.

There is usually a delay of at least five days between occurrence and registration.