Just 36 neighbourhoods in England and Wales have not recorded a single Covid death since the start of the pandemic, latest figures show.
Of more than 7,000 postcode areas in the two countries, only a handful have not lost any residents as the virus takes a heartbreaking toll on communities.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 11 areas in Devon and four in Cornwall are among them.
Three areas of Bristol as well as neighbourhoods in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Camden, North London, have also not recorded one fatality since March last year.
An interactive ONS map allows you to find out how many coronavirus deaths there have been in your area:
Today the UK’s coronavirus death toll passed 122,000 after a further 323 fatalities confirmed, but the overall threat level was reduced by health service bosses.
Tragic figures reveal that a neighbourhood in Sheffield, Yorkshire, has recorded the highest number of deaths in the pandemic, followed by an area in Hastings in Sussex.
Data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that 36 of 7,209 postcode areas have not suffered a single pandemic since March last year.
The 36 areas with no coronavirus deaths
According to ONS, there are 36 areas which have not recorded a single Covid death since March.
- Fitzjohns & Royal Free, Camden
- Woodside, Telford & Wrekin
- Bristol City Centre, Bristol
- Hotwells, Bristol
- Hartcliffe, Bristol
- Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth
- Tylers Green, Wycombe
- Eddington & Castle, Cambridge
- Bar Hill & Boxworth, South Cambridgeshire
- Mid Saltash, Cornwall
- Torpoint, Cornwall
- Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert, Cornwall
- Crackington & Tintagel, Cornwall
- Dunkesewll, Upottery & Stockland, East Devon
- Illfracombe East, North Devon
- Barnstable Sticklepath, North Devon
- Fremington & Instow, North Devon
- Wembury, Brixton & Newton Ferrers, South Hams
- Salcombe, Malborough & Thurlstone, South Hams
- Tedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton, Teignbridge
- Heathfield & Liverton, Teignbridge
- Teignmouth North, Teignbridge
- Great Torrington, Torridge
- Bere Alston, Buckland Monachorum & Yelverton, West Devon
- Bicester North, Cherwell
- Eynsham & Stanton Harcourt, West Oxfordshire
- Dunster, Dulverton & Exmoor, West Somerset
- Trowbridge West, Wiltshire
- Isles of Scilly, Isles of Scilly
- Weston Winterstoke, North Somerset
- Leeds City Centre, Leeds
- Castlefield & Deansgate, Manchester
- Pier Head, Liverpool
- Bangor City, Gwynedd
- Llandudno Junction South & Llasanffraid Glan Conwy, Conwy
- Rhyl South West, Denbighshire
It comes as the UK’s Covid-19 alert level was lowered today as the risk of the NHS being overwhelmed by cases of the virus has receded.
The Chief Medical Officers and NHS Medical Director have agreed to reduce the alert level from 5 to 4 in light of recent data.
NHS Director Professor Stephen Powis, along with chief medical officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, said in a statement that hospitals are still “under significant pressure”.
They added: “We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high.
“In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer.”
Crabtree & Fir Vale, an area in Sheffield, Yorkshire, has lost the highest number of residents, with 72 confirmed Covid deaths.
In April last year alone, the neighbourhood recorded 38 deaths, with 26 the following month.
The 10 areas in England and Wales with the highest number of Covid deaths
- Crabtree & Fir Vale, Sheffield – 72
- West St Leonards, Hastings – 62
- Hadleigh, Babergh – 57
- Tonyrefail West, Rhondda – 55
- Friern Barnet, Barnet – 54
- Haywards Heath West, Mid Sussex – 54
- Ilkley & Ben Rhydding, Bradford – 50
- Chalkwell, Southend-on-Sea – 50
- Sutton & Crosshills, Craven – 50
- Sandfields, Neath Port Talbot – 50
This evening The Mirror reported the number of towns and cities in England where Covid rates are rising is creeping up – amid warnings over “lockdown fatigue”.
Latest Public Health England data reveals week-on-week rises in infections in 69 of the country’s 315 local authority areas.
This is despite a huge drop in new cases nationally, with the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 falling by more than 15 per cent in the past week.
Today less than 9,985 new cases were confirmed, less than a sixth of the daily totals at the peak in January.