More than 1,500 excess deaths in Nottinghamshire during pandemic

Nottinghamshire's death toll during the last year of the coronavirus pandemic was more than 1,500 higher than during previous years, figures suggest.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:47 am
The area saw 9,929 deaths from any cause registered between March 21 last year – just days before the UK’s first lockdown – and March 19 this year.

That’s according to Public Health England data that compares the number of deaths registered during the last year with how many were predicted based on previous mortality rates.

The area saw 9,929 deaths from any cause registered between March 21 last year – just days before the UK’s first lockdown – and March 19 this year.

That was 1,527 more than the 8,402 predicted based on the previous five years.

It means there were 18.2% more deaths than expected – although this was slightly below the England average of 20%.

So-called “excess deaths” are considered a better measure of the overall impact of Covid-19 than simply looking at mortality directly linked to the virus, as they capture deaths that may have been indirectly caused by the crisis, and are not affected by changes in the level of testing.

Over the same period, there were 2,086 deaths in Nottinghamshire with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Nationally, more than 100,000 excess deaths were recorded, while there were 129,000 with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Dave Finch, senior fellow at charity the Health Foundation, said the two figures differed because Covid-19 is mentioned on death certificates even if it is not the leading cause of death.

He added: “However, what is clear is the huge scale of the impact of Covid-19 on the number of deaths and that the impact has tended to be greater in more deprived areas, reflecting the pattern of existing health inequalities.”

The 13 places to see the biggest increases in registered deaths compared to those expected were all in London.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said there were “complex and deep-rooted” reasons why certain areas have been hit harder by the pandemic than others, including age in the community, ethnicity, levels of deprivation, and what jobs people do.

She added: “These are all factors that can make people more vulnerable to Covid-19.

“However, we also know that by sticking to the rules, and having the vaccine when offered one, we can all do our part to help protect ourselves and those around us wherever we live.”