More than 21,700 people have died with coronavirus in the ITV Anglia region since the pandemic started in March 2020.
On Thursday 7 April 2022, the NHS reported the highest number of deaths in a single day for more than a year as 35 patients with Covid-19 died in hospitals in the Anglia region.
So far in May, 229 patients have died with Covid-19 in hospitals in the ITV Anglia region. In May 2021, 28 Covid patients died in the region's hospitals.
In April 2022, 608 patients have died with Covid-19 in hospitals in the ITV Anglia region, which is more than five times more than at the same time last year. There were 103 deaths in regional hospitals a year ago in April 2021.
In March 2022, there were 498 hospital deaths in the region compared to 356 in March 2021. In February 2022, 416 people died in those hospitals compared to 1,531 during February 2021.
The NHS releases daily figures of those dying in hospital with coronavirus and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) collates information on death registrations every week.
The weekly data from the ONS includes people who have died in any location, not just hospitals. It includes deaths in care homes, hospices and those who die at home. It relies on the deaths being officially registered so there is a time lag of up to a fortnight before the information is released.
The ONS data includes those who have died with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
According to the ONS weekly figures released on Tuesday 17 May 2022 and covering the period up to 6 May 2022, the number of people dying with coronavirus in the Anglia region is still well below the peak in January 2021.
In the four weeks to 6 May, 400 people died with Covid in the Anglia region. There were 504 deaths in the previous four-week period.
At the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, nearly 1,500 people died with coronavirus in the Anglia region in a single week in January 2021.
The latest weekly data to 6 May 2022 from the Office for National Statistics revealed 50 people had died in the region with Covid compared to 87 in the previous week although not all recent deaths will have yet been registered.
Throughout the pandemic, the highest death rate in the Anglia region has been in the Tendring area of Essex where there have been 518 deaths per 100,000 in the population. Cambridge has seen the lowest rate with 139 deaths per 100,000. Those figures do not take into account the relative age profile of the areas concerned.
The average for the Anglia region is 296 deaths per 100,000.
The darker shading on the map indicates the areas where there have been more deaths per 100,000 people in the population
Deaths in hospitals in the ITV Anglia region
Although NHS England reports daily death figures for patients in hospital, it is not the number of people who have died that day - the deaths may have occurred over a number of the previous days.
The NHS reported 35 patients had died in hospitals in the Anglia region on Thursday 7 April 2022 which was the highest number in a single day since 20 February 2021.
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The Anglia region consists of the East of England counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk along with Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Rutland
Mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics have been used
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