Coronavirus: A detailed look into Midlands deaths

The latest NHS England figures show that 92 more people have died in hospital in the Midlands from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

At Friday's government briefing, Professor Yvonne Doyle from Public Health England said that she expected the Midlands to have the second highest death rate to London because of the density of the population.

Our reporter Gareth Owen has been looking at the numbers in detail.

These are some of the findings after grouping data from local NHS Trusts to reflect parts of the Midlands:

The average rate in the region is around 24 deaths from Covid-19 for 100,000 people living in the Midlands.

Lower rate areas:

Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, and also areas in and around a couple of our bigger cities, Leicester and Stoke have rates of between 9 and 13 deaths per 100,000 living there.

Average rate areas:

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and East Staffs, Coventry and Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire all have rates of between 17 and 26 deaths per 100,000 people living there.

Higher rate areas:

In Birmingham and the Black Country the death rate is up at around 42 per 100,000.

When focussing specifically on the Wolverhampton area, it's up to nearly 51 deaths for every 100,000 people living there.

Why have people been affected more in certain areas?

WATCH: Dr Neil Holden from University of Lincoln explains why certain areas are more affected.

From the statistics it appears that in areas that are classified as "less healthy", there is a higher risk of becoming more ill from coronavirus.

An expert in virology, Dr. Neil Holden from the University of Lincoln, says the areas that are most affected have a higher proportion of people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

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