The latest official figures on the number of people dying with Covid-19 show that more than 5,000 have lost their lives in the Anglia region.

The most current weekly figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show 252 people died in the region in the week ending 22nd May compared to 356 in the previous week.

It is the lowest weekly total since 174 people died in the region in the last full week of March.

The ONS data is the most complete set of official figures issued by the government because it uses information contained on death certificates where coronavirus is listed as a cause of death or a contributory factor.

However it takes more time to process the data so it is ten days out of date when it is published.

Coronavirus testing is being carried out in drive-through centres across the country. Credit: Ray Tang/Zuma Press/PA Images

The latest Office of National Statistics information shows 5,040 people in the Anglia region have lost their lives with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic until 22nd May.

Since then, according to NHS daily figures, a further 159 patients have died in hospitals in the Anglia region. The Care Quality Commission has also reported 58 more care home residents died in the region in the week to 29th May.

The total death toll in the Anglia region, including all the currently available information, is 5,257.

The number of people dying each week with coronavirus in the Anglia region has been declined for five weeks. Credit: Data from the Office of National Statistics

Coronavirus deaths in the Anglia region to 22nd MayFigures from the Office of National Statistics

  • 3,662 people died in hospital (73%)

  • 1,117 people died in care homes (22%)

  • 171 people died in their own home (3%)

  • 67 people died in a hospice (1%)

  • 23 people died elsewhere (1%)

While the latest figures show a continuing downward trend in the number of people dying with coronavirus there are some areas in the Anglia region where the opposite is happening.

The number of people dying in hospital in Essex and Northamptonshire increased between the week ending 15th May and the following week.

In Essex, hospital deaths increased from 41 to 48 between the two weeks, while the number increased from 30 to 39 in Northamptonshire.

The map shows the number of people with coronavirus who have died in each county in the Anglia region. Credit: Data from Office of National Statistics, the NHS and the Care Quality Commission.

The death rate per head of population does vary from county to county across the Anglia region.

Across the whole area, 70 people have died per 100,000 people in the population.

Hertfordshire has the highest death rate with 84 people dying with coronavirus for every 100,000 people in the county.

The lowest death rate is in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire where 46 and 47 people per 100,000 population respectively have died.

There are also wide variation at a more local level. Norwich has seen 18 people dying with Covid-19 while Basildon in Essex has seen 180 deaths. When the populations of those two places are taken into account, there have been 13 deaths per 100,000 in Norwich compared with 97 per 100,000 in Basildon.

  • Bedfordshire - 79 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Cambridgeshire - 47 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Essex - 80 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Hertfordshire - 84 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Milton Keynes - 70 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Norfolk - 46 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Northamptonshire - 75 deaths per 100,000 population

  • Suffolk - 64 deaths per 100,000 population

The data used to calculate the death rate in each county is the Office of National Statistics figures from the start of the pandemic until 22nd May.

Bedfordshire is the three unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton. Cambridgeshire includes Peterborough and Essex includes Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.