Deaths from covid-19 in Kent & Medway have increased by 39% in just one week according to the latest data released by the Office of National Statistics today.
In the last reported data there had been 542 deaths from covid-19 up to the 25th April. By the 2nd May this number had increased to 752.
Covid-19 deaths make up 11.2% of all deaths in Kent & Medway or just over 1 in 10 deaths.
The growth below is revealing, as it shows that other causes of death (non covid-19) have risen. This could be because covid-19 deaths have been under-reported, or more people dying because of conditions not be treated. The data doesn’t make clear what the reasons are behind this yet.
The confirmed cases of covid-19 across Kent is still climbing, albeit more slowly now. This means it is inevitable that more covid-19 deaths will follow.
The chart below gives a breakdown of the numbers in each district of Kent where the place of death occurred for covid-19 deaths.
In one week the number of deaths from covid-19 across Kent & Medway have risen from 542 (Week 16 April 25th) to 752 (Week 17 – May 2nd), an increase of 210 or 39%.
The chart for non covid-19 deaths is beginning to show that either under reporting for covid-19 deaths has happened, or people more people are passing away due to conditions not being treated during the pandemic.