St Helens recorded 124% more deaths than usual last month, new figures show

The number of people who died in St Helens last month was more than double the average for April, new data has shown.

Friday, 29th May 2020, 1:31 pm
Updated Friday, 29th May 2020, 1:34 pm

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that in April 2020, 352 people died from all causes in St Helens. This marked a heartbreaking 124.3% rise in "excess deaths" from the 158 deaths that St Helens has averaged in the month of April, based on the previous five years.

Excess deaths means the number of people who died for any reason over and above the expected number of deaths for that time of year.

The sharp rise in deaths across the country is widely due to the coronavirus pandemic, which some estimating the death toll to be as high as 48,000, though the Government has only confirmed some 37,000 deaths related to the virus.

St Helens sees spike in excess deaths

The complete figures for St Helens released by the ONS were:

- Deaths from all causes in April 2020: 352

- Average deaths from all causes each April, over previous five years: 158

- The number of 'excess' deaths in April 2020 above what would be expected (overall number minus the average for the previous five Aprils): 196

- Percentage change in deaths in April 2020, compared to average from previous five years: 124.3%

There are around 150 local authorities across the country which saw double the normal number of deaths for an average April, including St Helens, Milton Keynes, Harborough, Luton, Sheffield, Central Beds, Harrogate, Northampton, Mid Sussex and Hambleton.

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