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The graph showing the true scale of deaths in the North West during the coronavirus pandemic

The graph showing the true scale of deaths in the North West during the coronavirus pandemic
This graph shows the devastating impact of coronavirus on the number of people dying in the North West compared to previous years. Data released by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) shows a significant spike in registered deaths compared to the same period of time in previous years. The graph charts all registered deaths from…

This graph shows the devastating impact of coronavirus on the number of people dying in the North West compared to previous years.

Data released by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) shows a significant spike in registered deaths compared to the same period of time in previous years.

The graph charts all registered deaths from all causes showing a sharp increase in April 2020. The increase is mostly down to coronavirus.

There were 1,704 more deaths than the five year average in the week ending April 24 – 1,207 of those were linked to COVID-19.



How registered deaths compare to previous years

The latest ONS data released on Tuesday (May 5) showed coronavirus deaths in hospitals appear to be falling while care home deaths continue to rise.

There were 394 COVID-19 related deaths in Greater Manchester in the week April 18 to 24 – a drop from 530 deaths the week before.

Lives lost in hospitals fell from 366 to 231 in a week, while deaths in care homes rose again from 139 to 143.



There were 394 coronavirus deaths in Greater Manchester in the week April 18 to 24 – a drop from 530 deaths the week before

The latest figures are based on the number of deaths registered up to May 2 where COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.

Delays in registering deaths can cause the figures to rise a few days later.

The ONS data shows that Greater Manchester’s coronavirus death toll, up until April 24, stood at 1, 707.

Most were recorded in hospital, with 1,198 patients’ lives lost, but one in four were in care homes, a total of 412.

There were also 73 deaths recorded at home, 14 in hospices, one in other communal establishments, and nine ‘elsewhere’.

Communal establishments include prisons, halls of residence, hotels, and sheltered accommodation, while ‘elsewhere’ covers deaths outside and people declared dead on arrival at hospital.

Overall, COVID-19 was a factor in 17pc of deaths that occurred across Greater Manchester up to April 24.

Separate figures also published on Tuesday morning show 411 deaths were notified to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by care homes in Greater Manchester between April 10 and May 1.

Care homes must log deaths with the CQC as soon as they happen (usually within a few days), and since April 10, they have been asked to record deaths involving COVID-19, based on a statement from the care home.



Deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales

Numbers include those where the care home believed the person had COVID-19 when they died, even if they weren’t tested or diagnosed.

The virus may also not be recorded on the death certificate.

Deaths involving COVID-19 made up half (51%) of all deaths in care homes in the area notified to the CQC between April 10 and May 1.



Care homes must log deaths with the CQC as soon as they happen

The ONS and CQC figures for care homes may differ as they are reported in different ways – the ONS figures are based on date of death but these take around 11 days to be registered, while the CQC figures are based on when it is notified about a care home death, which usually takes three to four days.

The most recent figures from the CQC suggest care home deaths in Greater Manchester may be falling – with 134 deaths notified between April 25 and May 1, compared to 154 between April 18 and 24.

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