Thousands of non-Covid excess deaths were recorded in the UK in December

The 20 UK areas with the most excess deaths in December as UK records thousands more non-Covid deaths than normal

Almost 9,000 more deaths were recorded in December compared to the pre-pandemic average - and most were not from Covid.

Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, 3:32 pm

Some UK areas saw deaths rise by as much as 70% in December compared to pre-pandemic levels, new analysis by NationalWorld reveals.

That is according to analysis of official deaths registered data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), National Records Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

It is unclear what is driving the higher mortality - the ONS says it is currently investigating the trend.

England saw the highest number of excess deaths in December, with 7,346 (17.5%) more than average, with the East of England and West Midlands regions bearing the brunt.

Deaths in these two regions were 21.1% and 20.9% higher than normal levels respectively.

Across 2021 as a whole, 62,130 extra deaths were recorded across the UK.

But which parts of the country are seeing the highest number of excess deaths right now?

Below are the 20 UK local government areas with the highest increase in deaths in December compared to the 2015-2019 average.

The Isles of Scilly has been removed from the rankings as its low population skews the figures.

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