The Office of National Statistics has released a heat map showing the areas of England and Wales with the most people aged over 70
Age is one of biggest risk factors for coronavirus and older people have been urged to avoid all social contact
The map shows that in some areas of Folkestone & Hythe District nearly one third are over 70 and could be used by locals to assess what help is needed
There are 23,989 people over 70 in the Folkestone & Hythe District, according to NHS Digital Data. The interactive heat map below produced by the Office of National Statistics reveals the neighbourhoods at highest risk from coronavirus spread – and where older people might need the most help from our communities.
This map can assist the local community hubs better target their resources and efforts ensuring those specific communities that have an older population get the help they need in these unprecedented times.
You can click on the map, or put in your postcode in to discover how many over-70s and over-85s there are in your neighbourhood – a tool which could allow them to offer help to those isolated.
It is clear from looking at the map for our district – Folkestone & Hythe, most of those who are 70 plus live in towns close to facilities which gives them security and peace of mind.
We know according to NHS Digital data that there are 23,989 people 70 plus in our district. Put another way that’s one in five of our population.
Finally as of today 24/03/20, that are now ninety one known cases of coronavirus in Kent & Medway, an increase of twelve cases from yesterday when figures stood at 79.
Take care out there people and don’t forget to wash your hands.
The Shepwayvox Team
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