Even more sombre news

On Friday 12 June 2020 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published provisional data for Deaths Involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: deaths occurring between 1 March and 31 May 2020 in England & Wales. This provides an opportunity in Section 6 to search for postcode related data. If using that facility it is crucial to take notice of the notes of explanation as to the context and how the results must be read.

On 12 June 2020 this reports separately for SWF North and SWF South (the Chelmsford CC electoral areas). A search reports:

SWF North Overall: 6

                March: 0                              April: 6                                  May: 0

SWF South Overall: 9

                March:1                               April: 5                                  May: 3

That is a total of fifteen (15) deaths of Town residents in the last three months. This dreadful news confirms our experience that lots of people in SWF have suffered with relatively mild COVID-19 symptoms, some have been taken seriously ill, some hospitalised, some taken into ICU and some suffering loss of life.

We are sure everyone will want to express their sympathy and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues struck by these tragedies. We all need to continue to follow the instructions to Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives. It is imperative that we do everything to avoid a second and third spike. PLEASE: We must maintain social distancing and isolation and ensure those for whom we have responsibility do too.

The ONS report is at:


The Caveat Notes are:

  1. Points on the map are placed at the centre of the local area they represent and do not show the actual location of deaths. The size of the circle is proportional to the number of deaths
  2. To protect confidentiality, a small number of deaths have been reallocated between neighbouring areas.
  3. Deaths occurring between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 and registered by 6 June 2020.
  4. Figures exclude death of non-residents and are based on May 2020 boundaries.
  5. Coronavirus (COVID-19) was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor (ICD-10 codes U07.1 and U07.2).
  6. Locally adopted MSOA names are provided by House of Commons Library. While these names are not officially supported for National Statistics they are provided here to help local users.
  7. Figures are provisional.