Mapped: 18 councils are yet to see coronavirus deaths peak - is yours on the list?

Patrick Scott
Map of weekly coronavirus death changes

Despite an overall national decline, some areas in England and Wales have yet to see their coronavirus death toll peak according to a Telegraph analysis.

You can see whether your area is past its peak by inputting your postcode in the tool below.

The UK as a whole is seeing a decrease in the number of people dying due to Covid-19 leading the government to begin easing lockdown restrictions.

However, ministers have stated that restrictions may have to be re-introduced on a localised level - potentially as local as individual schools and offices - as part of the government's test and trace initiative, launching in England today.

There has always been a regional dimension to the severity of the disease, with London considered the UK's epicentre at the start of the crisis.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that, although deaths due to coronavirus are broadly declining nationally, there is still significant variation on a local level and that 18 areas endured their worst week for Coronavirus deaths in the latest set of figures.

North Somerset is one such area, with 24 coronavirus deaths registered in the week ending May 15.

Weston Hospital, which is located in North Somerset, had to close its doors to new patients over the weekend after a spike in Covid-19 patients. This suggests that this area of the country could still be at the height of its peak, making an easing of lockdown measures potentially dangerous.

At yesterday's Liaison Committee Boris Johnson used Weston Hospital as an example of an instance in which the government's new tactics on Covid-19 would have to be deployed: "The other day you saw there was an outbreak in Weston-super-Mare. We moved very quickly to close things down there to try to sort it out.

"That is the kind of whack-a-mole tactics that we are going to use as we keep driving the virus down and keep reducing the incidents.

"It is very important that we have a very sensitive test, track and trace operation in order to cope with local outbreaks."

The data show that North Somerset is not an isolated case when it comes to high numbers of coronavirus deaths. These areas show up across the country with northern towns of Preston, Doncaster and Carlisle all suffering their worst weeks to date in the latest data.

The full list of these areas is as follows:

  • Ashford 

  • Broadland

  • Carlisle

  • Doncaster

  • Eden

  • Fenland

  • Herefordshire

  • Hinckley and Bosworth

  • Kettering

  • North Somerset

  • Preston

  • Richmondshire

  • Rother

  • Selby

  • South Norfolk

  • Tonbridge and Malling

  • Wrexham

  • Wyre

A further 46 areas saw an increase in deaths in the latest week of data compared to the average number of deaths for the three preceding weeks.

Some areas are seeing increases in Coronavirus deaths

Again, there was no particular regional pattern to these hotspots with all regions - with the exception of London - featuring a local authority where deaths were on the up.

Eden in the north west of England, Kettering and Hertfordshire all had a death toll in the latest week of data more than double that of their averages for the previous three.

Most areas are past their peak of coronavirus deaths and, given there is a week's lag in the data being released, there is still time for deaths to fall in the 55 areas recording increases before lockdown restrictions are eased.

However, the fact that a hospital has - given the national picture at this stage - been forced to close its doors is proof that flare-ups of Covid-19 are a very real threat.