West Essex and Luton are among the top 20 UK areas for high excess mortality rates during the coronavirus outbreak.

Excess deaths are defined as the number of registered deaths in excess of the five-year average (2015-19).

West Essex has the 18th highest excess mortality rate in the UK, whereas Luton has the 19th highest.



Brent is placed at number one, while other London boroughs dominate the top ten spots.

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show the percentage change in the 2020 mortality rate from what would have been expected in any given week, based on the five-year average for 2015 to 2019.

For example, a value of 100% indicates mortality rates were 100% higher than or double that of the five-year average in the specific week.

Here are the top 20 peak excess mortality rates in the UK during the coronavirus outbreak so far, together with the weeks they were reached.

1. Brent 357.5% (week ending April 17)

2. Enfield 327.5% (w/e April 24)

3. Ealing 318.0% (w/e April 17)

4. Thurrock 286.1% (w/e April 17)

5. Hackney & Newham 280.6% (w/e April 3)

6. Lewisham & Southwark 279.4% (w/e April 10)

7. Tower Hamlets 275.5% (w/e April 17)

8. Barnet 261.2% (w/e April 17)

9. Merton, Kingston upon Thames & Sutton 257.7% (w/e April 17)

10. Birmingham 249.7% (w/e April 17)

11. Harrow & Hillingdon 242.8% (w/e April 17)

12. Redbridge & Waltham Forest 240.2% (w/e April 17)

13. Wandsworth 237.6% (w/e April 17)

14. Haringey & Islington 236.7% (w/e April 10)

15. Lambeth 236.2% (w/e April 10)

16. Croydon 225.2% (w/e April 24)

17. Bexley & Greenwich 216.8% (w/e April 17)

18. West Essex 215.7% (w/e April 24)

19. Luton 213.8% (w/e April 17)

20. Westminster 205.5% (w/e April 3)