There are stark differences in the way Covid-19 has spread across the Anglia region with the death rate many times higher in some areas than in others.
For instance, the death rate in the Epping Forest of Essex is nearly 14 times higher than in Norwich.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in different areas can also vary considerably. The King's Lynn & West Norfolk area has seen the highest concentration of cases in the Anglia region. That area has had four times as many cases than West Suffolk and five times as many as Rutland.
Analysis by ITV News Anglia of Office of National Statistics figures for the number of deaths related to coronavirus in the Anglia region indicates 60 people per 100,000 of the population have died in the area up to the 8th May.
That is 30% higher than the figure for deaths up to the 24th April when it was 46 per 100,000.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Anglia region is lower than many other parts of England. Only the East Midlands and South West regions have seen fewer cases per head than the East of England.
The highest death rates in the Anglia region are in Hertfordshire with 75 per 100,000 population and Essex with 71. Those counties were among the first in the region to see confirmed coronavirus cases so may be further along in the development and spread of the pandemic.
Both Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have had a death rate of 38 people dying with coronavirus per 100,000 people living in the counties. It is even lower in Rutland where the recorded deaths up to 8th May is 25 per 100,000 population.
The maps below show the coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases per 100,000 population for each district, borough or city area of the Anglia region.
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Bedfordshire has seen 66 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 people in the population and 269 confirmed cases per 100,000. The death rate has risen by 29% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
The unitary council area of Milton Keynes has seen 65 deaths per 100,000 and 189 confirmed cases per 100,000.
Bedfordshire is defined as the three unitary areas of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.
Cambridgeshire, including the unitary area of Peterborough, has seen the lowest rate of infection with coronavirus of any part of the Anglia region.
There have been 38 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 167 confirmed cases per 100,000. The death rate has risen by 46% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
Essex has seen 71 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 206 confirmed cases per 100,000.
The death rate has risen by 27% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
Essex includes the unitary areas of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
Hertfordshire is one of the counties in the Anglia region hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hertfordshire has seen 75 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 234 confirmed cases per 100,000. The death rate has risen by 23% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
Norfolk has seen 38 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 226 confirmed cases per 100,000.
The death rate has risen by 58% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
The death rate in Norwich is the lowest in England with nine people dying per 100,000 according to Office of National Statistics figures dating to 8th May.
In sharp contrast, the King's Lynn & West Norfolk area has the highest infection rate in the whole of the Anglia region with 431 confirmed cases per 100,000 people. The death rate in that district is also the highest in the county with 76 deaths for every 100,000 people.
Northamptonshire has seen 60 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 177 confirmed cases per 100,000.
The death rate has risen by 43% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
Rutland is the smallest county in England with a population just under 40,000.
There have been only 32 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Rutland which equates to 81 cases per 100,000 population. Only three other areas in England have a lower confirmed incidence of Covid-19.
Up to the 8th May, ten people had died in the county with coronavirus.
Suffolk has seen 55 deaths per 100,000 in the population and 181 confirmed cases per 100,000.
The death rate has risen by 57% in the fortnight between 24th April and 8th May.
- The death rates per head of population have been calculated from the most recently released data from the Office of National Statistics which records deaths up to the 8th May.
- In this article, no adjustment in the death rate has been made for the age profile of the population in each area, unless stated.
- The figures for confirmed cases of coronavirus are announced every day by Public Health England and the figures used in this article relate to confirmed cases to 9am on Tuesday 19th May
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