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.
The numbers above are not just numbers, they represent a real person who has passed away because of covid-19, or for other health reasons. Each of them have family, loved ones and friends. To each of you, wherever you are in Kent or Medway, we extend our deepest condolences to you, as we understand many of you will not have been able to be with them at the end.
The one comfort we can all take from the persons passing is that each of them received the most powerful drug in the world – kindness. It work’s for everyone, it’s hard to get the dose wrong, and it’s free at the point of delivery. Thanks to all those who have delivered that throughout this crisis.
The Shepwayvox Team
Stay At Home – Protect The NHS – Save Lives