Figures for local deaths from Covid-19 are finally revealed: Seaton and Axminster had the highest tolls in East Devon
The Office for National Statistics has finally made local death tolls for Covid-19 available, summarised (if a little confusingly) in this article on East Devon Watch. Here are the figures for the Axe Valley:
- Seaton 10 (all but one in April)
- Axminster 10 (half in April, half in May)
- Beer 1
- Colyton 1
- Kilmington 1
- Offwell 1
These are for deaths where Covid-19 was on the death certificate. Including all excess deaths (i.e. extra deaths above the level expected for the time of year), the totals are likely be larger.
Although figures for different locations of death are not given, it is known that most of the Seaton and Axminster deaths took place in care homes.
For comparison, there were 9 deaths in Exmouth, 6 in Sidmouth and 3 in Honiton, all of which are larger towns. Taking this into account, Axminster and Seaton have had considerably higher levels of recorded Covid-19 deaths.