The Isle of Wight’s death toll during the year of the coronavirus pandemic was significantly higher than during previous years, new data has revealed.

Public Health England data compared the number of deaths registered during the last year with how many were predicted based on previous mortality rates.

The Island saw 2,071 deaths from any cause registered between March 21 last year – just days before the UK’s first lockdown – and March 19 this year.

That was 265 more than the 1,806 predicted, based on the previous five years.

It means there were 14.7 per cent more deaths than expected — although this was below the England average of 20 per cent.

So-called “excess deaths” are considered a better measure of the overall impact of Covid-19 than simply looking at mortality directly linked to the virus, as they capture deaths that may have been indirectly caused by the crisis, and are not affected by changes in the level of testing.

Over the same period, there were 283 deaths on the Isle of Wight with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Nationally, more than 100,000 excess deaths were recorded, while there were 129,000 with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

Dave Finch, senior fellow at the Health Foundation, said the two figures differed because Covid-19 is mentioned on death certificates even if it is not the leading cause of death.

He added: “However, what is clear is the huge scale of the impact of Covid-19 on the number of deaths and that the impact has tended to be greater in more deprived areas, reflecting the pattern of existing health inequalities.”

The 13 places to see the biggest increases in registered deaths compared to those expected were all in London.

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