Coronavirus: How many people have died in your area? COVID-19 deaths in England mapped

Carmen Aguilar Garcia, data journalist, and Philip Whiteside, news reporter
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More than 5,000 people have now died in England after contracting coronavirus.

Sky News analysis shows that the health trusts where most deaths have occurred are in Birmingham and London.

In general, the map showing where deaths have occurred shows urban areas are the worst hit, but there are some health trusts where the number dying is higher than might be expected.

Search to find how many deaths have been recorded in hospitals in each health trust.

In all, one in 10 people in England who is confirmed to have coronavirus is dying, according to Public Health England.

The case fatality rate for COVID-19 in England is much higher than in the other countries of the UK.

Only those who have been tested are counted. The true number of cases is unknown so the actual death rate is expected to be much lower.

Further analysis of the figures shows that, for England, more than half of those testing positive in the oldest age group are dying.

Even among the 60-79 year olds, four in 10 are losing their lives to the virus.

Curves showing the increase in deaths in the various regions of the UK make it appear that, in some parts, the rates of increase are slowing.

But it is too early to say whether this is part of a long-term trend.

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In fact, in other areas, the curves show signs of becoming steeper, rather than flattening.

It is worth stressing that the latest fully accurate regional figures for deaths in England are five days old, as NHS England says its statistics are subject to updates for five days after they are released.

Meanwhile, further analysis shows how fast the virus has been spreading in each of the regions.

Steeper curves mean that a disease is spreading more rapidly.

The amount of time it took for deaths to double was originally fastest in London, but in recent days the North East and Yorkshire and Northern Ireland are seeing the quickest rates of doubling.

Until recently, the UK had been seeing near exponential growth in the number of cases and deaths linked to COVID-19.

The UK daily deaths then began to fall slightly - but it is impossible to analyse until a longer trend appears, as Tuesday's rise illustrates.

So far, although it is behind some other countries because of when the first death occurred, the UK appears to be following a similar trajectory to Italy - which is still the worst hit country in the world, as far as deaths is concerned.