There were 50 per cent more deaths in Amber Valley in June than last year

Deaths in Amber Valley were more than 50 per cent higher in June than last year's levels as lockdown was eased in England, official figures show.

Friday, 31st July 2020, 2:44 pm

A new report is calling for "intense preparations" to ready the NHS for winter, with fears a second coronavirus wave could lead to 120,000 deaths nationally.

Office for National Statistics figures show 127 deaths were recorded in Amber Valley during June.

That was 48 more than the 79 recorded in June 2019 – 61 per cent more.

It's feared a second coronavirus wave could lead to 120,000 deaths nationally
It's feared a second coronavirus wave could lead to 120,000 deaths nationally

This meant the area saw the biggest increase among Derbyshire's eight local authorities.

It means that in the year to the end of June there were 180 more deaths in Amber Valley than at the same point last year.

Across England and Wales, 332,734 deaths recorded were recorded between January and the end of June, an increase of 62,640 on the same point in 2019.

But the official coronavirus death toll on July 3 from the ONS was only 50,813.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, British Medical Association council chair, said: "These figures show that while attention has focused on mortality figures from coronavirus, there has been a disturbing hidden impact of the pandemic on millions of people who were unable to access care and treatment during the pandemic.

"Our overstretched NHS simply did not have the capacity to deal with Covid-19 patients as well as continue to provide care for non-Covid patients."

The BMA said it estimates 1.5 million fewer operations and treatments took place over the last three months compared to the average in the past two years.

A Royal Academy of Medical Sciences report has warned there could be 120,000 coronavirus deaths in UK hospitals in a reasonable worst-case scenario this winter, with the NHS expected to struggle with a backlog of patients and a possible flu pandemic.

The estimate, which excludes care home deaths, is based on the Government taking no action, with the Academy calling for urgent and intense preparation now to ready the NHS.

The Department for Health and Social Care said it will ensure all necessary preparations are in place.

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