Number of deaths across Ripley and Heanor during pandemic revealed
Almost 30 deaths from coronavirus were recorded across Ripley and Heanor during three months of the pandemic, latest figures show.
Across all areas of Ripley (Ripley West, Ripley South and Loscoe, Ripley East, Riddings and Ironville), a total of 17 people lost their lives to the virus from March 1 to May 31.
There were 86 deaths from all causes during this time – meaning deaths from Covid made up 19.7 per cent of the total deaths in the Ripley area during the three-month period.
In Heanor (Heanor South and Shipley Park, Heanor Gate and Aldercar, Heanor East and Langley Mill), there were 11 coronavirus deaths out of 84 in total, seeing the virus responsible for 13 per cent of all deaths.
In other surrounding areas, the percentage was higher.
For example, in Alfreton, out of 19 deaths during the period, a total of five of them were from Covid-19. This is 26 per cent of all deaths.
In Somercotes and Pye Bridge, the percentage of coronavirus deaths was 29 per cent.
The country’s coronavirus alert level has now been reduced from four to three after a "steady decrease" in Covid-19 cases across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In a statement, the UK's chief medical officers said: "There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in all four nations, and this continues.”
Level four means the virus is in general circulation, and that transmission is high or rising exponentially, level three means the epidemic is in general circulation.
Medical officers added: "It does not mean that the pandemic is over.
“The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.
"We have made progress against the virus thanks to the efforts of the public and we need the public to continue to follow the guidelines carefully to ensure this progress continues."