Figures published by the Office of National Statistics have compared the number of expected deaths in Lancashire (based on a five year average) to the number in April 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Britain.
They unsurprisingly show that all areas of Lancashire saw a higher than average numbers of deaths compared to the five year average, with West Lancashire and Chorley topping the list
The sad news is that deaths in West Lancashire were twice as high as normal at the height of the coronavirus outbreak (April 2020) when a total of 203 deaths were registered here.
That number is 109.3 per cent higher than the five year average for the month of 97 registered deaths. That means West Lancashire had the highest number of excess deaths (ie. those above levels usually expected) locally last month.
30th May update. Although there were 13 new coronavirus deaths confirmed at hospital trusts in Lancashire in today’s NHS figures, no new deaths were recorded today at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.