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New data shows Bottisham as local hotspot for Covid-19 related deaths, with 18 fatalities in and around the village

Eighteen people have died with coronavirus in and around Bottisham new statistics show, making it the area's hotspot for Covid-19 related deaths.

Data from the Office of National Statistics show in the Bottisham and Swaffham area 13 people died with the disease in April and in May five. There were no deaths in March.

In Newmarket, which makes up three reporting areas, eight people have died with Covid-19. In Soham four people have died, in Mildenhall there are three, and in Red Lodge, Icklingham and Moulton there have been two.

The data has accounted for every death up to May 31 where Covid-19 was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.

Rather than the locations of deaths, which would lead to peaks in areas with hospitals, the data shows where those who died from the coronavirus were from, as recorded on their death certificates.

Sarah Caul, head of mortality analysis at the ONS, said: “Although London had some of the highest Covid-19 mortality rates in the country during March and April, it is now experiencing lower mortality rates compared with most areas.

“During May, the region with the highest age-adjusted Covid-19 mortality rate was the North East, where the rate was double that of London. The South West region continued to have the lowest mortality rate overall and during each of the last three months.

“Meanwhile, people living in more deprived areas have continued to experience Covid-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less deprived areas. General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but Covid-19 appears to be increasing this effect.”

The data is broken down by the ONS into what are known as Middle Layer Super Output Areas, which on average have a population of about 7,200 each.