Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 24 people in Thornbury, new figures show

June 12 2020
Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 24 people in Thornbury, new figures show

CORONAVIRUS has claimed the lives of 24 people in Thornbury, according to the latest official figures.

An in-depth breakdown from the Office for National Statistics, released today, shows deaths from every area in the country which involved COVID-19 in March, April and May.

The ONS has published an interactive online map dividing the country into small geographic areas, each with a population of around 7,500 people, and recording how many people in each area died with coronavirus.

It shows that 13 people died in the area the ONS calls Thornbury North, which includes roads off Gloucester Road and Morton Way, as well as villages to the north of the town including Falfield.

The area includes Beech House care home in Prowse Close, where 12 residents died.

Another 11 people died with COVID-19 in the area the ONS calls Thornbury South, which includes the High Street, Rock Street and roads off Midland Way, Gillingstool and Grovesend Road, as well as Tytherington. Another care home in this area, Grace Care Centre in Whitebridge Gardens, had an outbreak of COVID-19 confirmed by Public Health England in April, although neither the authorities nor the home’s operators have confirmed whether there were fatalities.

Eight people have died with the virus in the Alveston, Olveston and Oldbury area and there were a further three deaths in the Almondsbury, Pilning and Severn Beach area.

Elsewhere in South Gloucestershire there were 14 deaths involving COVID-19 in Yate and Chipping Sodbury, two deaths involving COVID-19 were registered among residents of Charfield, Wickwar and Iron Acton, while there were four confirmed coronavirus deaths among residents of Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne.

In nearby areas of Gloucestershire, there were nine deaths in Berkeley and Sharpness, four in Wotton-under-Edge and Kingswood, and eight in Cam and Dursley.

April was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the area, with 19 of the 24 deaths in Thornbury recorded during that month.

Office for National Statistics Head of Mortality Analysis Sarah Caul said the South West “continued to have the lowest mortality rate overall and during each of the last three months”.

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.”