Merton's Covid-19 Death Rate Higher Than London Average

Other new figures show capital's overall death rate has improved


The death rate associated with coronavirus in Merton is running at a higher rate than the London average, as well as the overall figure for England.

Latest figures from the Department of Health show 696 people in Merton died after a positive test result for Covid-19 up until May 31.

This represented 337.6 people per 100,000 people in the borough, compared with a London average of 303 people per 100,000 residents and an English average of 272.4.

However Merton has fared better than the neighbouring boroughs of Croydon (392.1 deaths per 100,000) and Sutton (362.3 per 100,000). But Wandsworth (305.4 per 100,000) and Kingston (298.1) both had better figures.

But the overall figures for the borough, released at 5pm on June 1, were unchanged from the previous day. During this 24-hour period, the number of people across London reported to have died after a positive test result increased by 13. The figure across England as a whole increased by 130.

Separate statistics released by the Greater London Authority today (June 2), based on Office of National Statistics figures, show that for the week ending May 22, the number of deaths for any reason was running slighly lower in the capital than the average for the previous five years. The illustrative graph is shown below.

London deaths graph

Meanwhile, the next phase of the coronavirus vaccine trial is beginning at St George’s Hospital.

The team is very keen to recruit participants from the local area, which includes people living in the SW19 postcode area.

This part of the study will assess the immune response to the vaccine in people of different ages, to find out if there is variation in how well the immune system responds in older people.

As with the previous phase of the study, half the participants will receive the new coronavirus vaccine, while the other half will receive a control vaccine designed to prevent meningococcal disease.

Eligible volunteers will be booked in for a screening visit where a blood test is taken to see if they have previously been exposed to the virus. Those that have not will then be eligible for vaccination.

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June 2, 2020