New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were two deaths involving COVID-19 in Purbeck between 1st March 2020 and 17th April 2020.
There were no deaths in Swanage and the two recorded deaths in Purbeck, were people from the Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers area.
No deaths in the Wool, Bovington and Lulworth area
There was one recorded death in the Wareham, Sandford and Holton Heath area and one death in Bere Regis and Lytchett Matravers area, with no deaths in the Wool, Bovington and Lulworth area.
This compares to 11 deaths involving COVID-19 in Dorchester and its outskirts. There were five in Dorchester West and Poundbury and six in the Charlton Down, Cerne Abbas and Puddletown area.
Poole and Bournemouth
Poole and Bournemouth are not categorised by the ONS by administrative areas but instead they are defined to cover the built-up area of each of the towns. However the area generally described as Poole registered 29 deaths, while Bournemouth saw 27 deaths.
Extracts from the ONS report
“The South West saw the lowest age-standardised mortality rate of 16.4 deaths per 100,000 population. This was statistically significantly lower than any other region or country (in England and Wales).”
“London had the highest age-standardised mortality rate, with 85.7 deaths per 100,000 persons involving COVID-19. This was statistically significantly higher than any other English region or Wales, and it was almost double the next highest rate of 43.2 deaths per 100,000 population found in the West Midlands.”
Accuracy of statistics
“The information used to produce these statistics is based on details collected when certified deaths are registered with the local registration office. In England and Wales, deaths should be registered within five days of the death occurring, but there are some situations (such as referral to a coroner) that result in later registration. Therefore, there may be some deaths involving COVID-19 that occurred in the period 1 March to 17 April 2020 that are yet to be registered, meaning they will not be included in this analysis.”
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For more information
Read the full ONS report released Friday 1st May 2020