Call for investigation into 'disproportionate' number of Covid deaths in areas of Eastwood and Kimberley

An investigation has been called for after certain areas of Eastwood and Kimberley have seen disproportionately high levels of coronavirus deaths.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:16 am
Kimberley town centre.

Official figures from Broxtowe Borough Council have revealed the number of deaths across all areas of the borough.

While some areas, including Stapleford and Beeston, have seen deaths in single digits since the start of the pandemic last March, others have seen residents pass away in their dozens from the virus.

Two areas in particular have seen much higher levels of death than others with Eastwood Hall and Brinsley sadly mourning 34 deaths.

The Kimberley South, Trowell and Awsworth ward has also seen 32 residents pass away from Covid-19 during the last 12 months.

Usually it follows that areas of high deprivation have higher death rates, but as this doesn’t appear to be the case here, Broxtowe Borough Council leader Coun Milan Radulovic has been left baffled by the figures.

He said: “It’s a complete mystery. The question I’m asking is ‘why?’

“The key issue we research when looking at death rates is social deprivation and ethnicity. These are not disproportionately high in these areas so it begs the question as to whether there are other factors that haven’t been considered.”

The council leader has called for an investigation into the figures by the CCG and Public Health England – and has had confirmation this will be going ahead.

He said: “There are many questions here. Have people been obeying rules less in these areas? Have they misinterpreted them? Have they been holding events and social get-togethers?

“They’re not particularly any more densely populated than the other areas, perhaps even less so.

“I just cannot understand why those two areas in particular have seen more deaths.”

Coun Radulovic hopes that lessons will be learned moving forward.

He said: “I’m asking for this investigation so we can learn from it. And if there are further outbreaks in future then we at least plan better for it.

“They need to work out what it is so we can prevent it happening again.”