High Covid death rates in the North West has caused the life expectancy of men and women in the region to decline by a combined 2.8 years, a study has found as an interactive map revealed which areas have suffered the most fatalities.
A report published today by the University College London found a high Covid mortality rate and deprivation contributed to a decline in life expectancy in the North West region, which was larger than the average in England.
And figures from the department of Health today show deaths were highest across the region, with eight out of the 20 areas with the most fatalities in the UK located in the North West.
Birmingham is the area the most deaths in the country, suffering 2,696 since the start of the pandemic — a rate of 236.1 per 100,000 people. It was followed by Leeds (1,335), County Durham (1,260) and Liverpool (1,185).
Covid, like all respiratory viruses, thrives in densely populated places where there is lots of social contact, which makes it easier for it to spread between people.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In rural areas where residents live far apart and there are fewer pubs, restaurants and shops, the virus finds it more difficult to transmit.
Deaths are also higher in less wealthy areas where people tend to live close together and often work front-facing jobs.
Black minority and ethnic minority people have suffered higher death rates throughout the pandemic, meaning areas with large amounts of BAME residents are likely to greater death figures.
HOVER OVER YOUR LOCAL AREA TO SEE HOW MANY DEATHS THERE HAVE BEEN DURING THE PANDEMIC
The UCL report found expectancy dropped across England last year by an average of 1.3 years for men and 0.9 years for women, but it decreased even more in the North West, where it fell by 1.6 years for men and 1.2 years for women.
The report also found that people in Manchester were 24 per cent more likely to die from Covid than the rest of England.
Researchers calculated that 307 men and 195 women per 100,000 in Greater Manchester died from Covid between March 2020 and April 2021.
This was higher than the rest of England where 233.1 men and 142 women per 100,000 died from the virus in the same period.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot, director of the IHE, said the area's high death rates and 'particularly damaging long-term economic and social effects' will damage health and widen health inequalities unless action is taken.
His report proposes that the government should invest in jobs, housing, local services and education to tackle these long-term problems.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It comes are the North West battles the biggest Covid outbreak in England, fuelled by the Indian 'Delta' variant.
The region recorded 21 deaths in the week up to June 18 — more than any other area of the country — according to figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics.
Separate data from the Department of Health shows that the region was responsible for 3,720 of the 14,608 infections recorded in England on Thursday.
The average life expectancy for women in Greater Manchester was 81.7 years, while men were expected to live to 78.1. This is lower than the national averages of 83.4 years for women and 79.8 years for men
Data gathered by the Institute of Health Equity shows that Greater Manchester as a whole had higher Covid death rates than England from March 2020 to March 2021, apart from the number of women dying in Stockport and men dying in Trafford, which were below the national average
Compared to similar metropolitan countires, Greater Manchester had the third highest Covid mortality rates. The West Midlands recorded 266.5 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Greater London (265.1) and Greater Manchester (261)
So far, the North West has recorded more Covid deaths (18,056) than any other region of England, but it is closely followed by the South East (17,338).
Those areas are followed by London (15,636), the West Midlands (13,545), Yorkshire and the Humber (11,033) and the East Midlands (10,181).
The East (13,432), South West (6,800) and North East (5,986) have recorded the least deaths to date.
The IHE researchers