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Coronavirus UK Interactive UK map shows if Covid-19 is near you

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You can now see whether coronavirus is near you, according to an interactive map (Picture: Getty Images)

An interactive map has been released which can help you see whether coronavirus is present in your geographical location.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving coronavirus that occurred between March 1 and April 17, 2020 in different local areas.

The local authorities with the highest age-standardised mortality rates for deaths involving Covid-19 were all London boroughs, led by Newham (144.3 deaths per 100,000 population), Brent (141.5) and Hackney (127.4).

Overall London had 85.7 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 population, which is almost double the rate of the next worst-affected region, the West Midlands (43.2).

The south west had the lowest age-standardised mortality rate, at 16.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

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The interactive map from ONS shows mortality rates broken down by local authority – to select an area, hover over the map or use the drop-down menu.

Points on the map are placed at the centre of the local area they represent, and do not show the actual location of deaths. To protect confidentiality, a small number of deaths have been reallocated to neighbouring areas.

For these deaths coronavirus was either the underlying cause, or mentioned on the death certificate as a contributing factor.

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The interactive map from ONS shows mortality rates broken down by local authority (Picture: ONS)

The ONS also found that deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred at more than twice the rate in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England (55.1 deaths per 100,000 people) compared with the least deprived (25.3).

The respective mortality rates for all deaths suggest that the impact of coronavirus has been proportionally higher on those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

The analysis also shows the Covid-19 mortality rate in the most deprived areas of England has been higher among men (76.7 deaths per 100,000 population) than women (39.6).

Nick Stripe, ONS head of health analysis, said: ‘General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but so far Covid-19 appears to be taking them higher still.’

Charity leaders say the ‘worrying trend’ reflects how deprived families are more likely to live in cramped housing, with many identified as essential workers who cannot work from home.

David Finch, senior fellow at the Health Foundation, said: ‘Those facing greater socio-economic disadvantage tend to live in cramped housing conditions and many are now classified as essential workers who don’t have the option of working from home, placing them at higher risk of exposure to Covid-19.

‘People living in more deprived areas are also more likely to have one or more long-term health conditions, which means they are at greater risk of suffering severe symptoms from the virus if exposed.’

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