Local figures for covid-19 deaths
New figures have revealed how many lives the pandemic has claimed in Cheshire East.
In the areas the Chronicle covers across the borough, 88 people have died between 1st March and 31st May where coronavirus was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributing factor.
Thirty-eight people have died in the Congleton area, 33 in the Sandbach area and 10 in the Alsager area, with seven other recorded deaths in areas that do not easily fall into these three regions.
There were more than 450 total coronavirus-related deaths recorded in this time across the borough.
The data, from the Office for National Statistics, breaks down the number of deaths by “middle layer super output areas” that each have a population of between 5,000 and 7,200. For each of the areas the Chronicle covers there were a number of these areas.
The number of deaths in Congleton was broken down as follows: Buglawton (13); Congleton Town (11); Hightown, Mossley and Timbersbrook (10); Congleton West Heath (4).
Sandbach: Holmes Chapel (10); Sandbach North (9); Sandbach Ettiley Heath and Wheelock (6); Sandbach Heath (6); Cranage and Goostrey (2).
Alsager: Alsager East (5); Alsager West (5) The ONS also listed Scholar Green, Rode Heath and Brereton as a super output area with seven covid-19 related deaths.
On Tuesday, Public Health England said that a total of 1,303 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in Cheshire East, although the actual number will be higher.
Sarah Caul, head of mortality analysis at the ONS, said that across the UK the figures showed the virus had had a greater impact on deprived areas.
She added: “People living in more deprived areas have continued to experience covid-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less deprived areas. General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but covid-19 appears to be increasing this effect.”
The area with the highest number of deaths recorded by the ONS in the Chronicle's circulation area was Buglawton.
The area with the most deaths in Cheshire East recorded by the ONS was Poynton East with 30, followed by Mobberley, Plumley and High Legh with 24 deaths and Macclesfield Bollinbrook with 21.
The area with the least deaths in Cheshire East was Macclesfield South and Lyme Green with three.