High premature death rates

A new report from Public Health England shows that Plymouth and Torbay have very high rates of premature deaths (under 75 years), even though all other areas of Cornwall and Devon have very low rates.

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High premature death rates in Plymouth and Torbay

Plymouth and Torbay's premature death rates are in stark contrast to the surrounding area. Credit: ITV News

A new report from the government agency Public Health England shows that Plymouth and Torbay have very high rates of premature deaths (under 75 years), even though all other areas of Cornwall and Devon have very low rates.

On the map above, green areas represent the lowest premature death rates in the country, while red areas represent the very highest.

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