Coronavirus has now claimed more than 150 lives in South Gloucestershire
THE number of people in South Gloucestershire who have died with coronavirus has now passed 150.
The most recent figures for the area, released by the Office for National Statistics today, show that 151 people had COVID-19 mentioned as a cause of death.
The number of people dying with the disease has been falling week by week: the latest figures cover the week to May 22, when eight of the 50 South Gloucestershire residents who died had coronavirus.
In the previous week the number was nine and in the week before that, 16 people died with COVID-19 in the area. At the peak in UK deaths, in the week to April 10, 35 South Gloucestershire residents died.
In the most recent ONS weekly figures, all eight of the people who died with COVID-19 in South Gloucestershire were care home residents. Since the start of the pandemic, 66 people have died with the disease in care homes in the area, while a further 77 have died in hospital and eight at home.
Figures from the Care Quality Commission, which cover last week, show four COVID-19 deaths reported in South Gloucestershire care homes – half the number registered with the ONS a week earlier.
In neighbouring Bristol, 226 people have now died with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak – 101 in hospital, 110 in care homes, nine at home and six in other places, such as hospices.
Nationally, the ONS says the number of deaths in England and Wales during the week to May 22 was 12,288. This was 2,285 less than the previous week but 2,348 more than the five-year average.
Coronavirus was mentioned in 2,589 deaths – more than one in every five registered – nationally.
People aged 90 and over continued to have the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, and the overall number of deaths from all causes in care homes was 1,289 higher than the five-year average, with three in every 10 deaths occurring in a care home.
There have now been 403 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Gloucestershire (a rate of 142.6 per 100,00 people) and 706 in neighbouring Bristol (152.4 per 100,000).