At least 154 people have died from coronavirus in Southwark, according to data released by the Office of National Satistics (ONS), which lays bare how the virus has affected our borough.
The death toll, which covers the period from March 1 to April 17, is slightly higher as a proportion of the population than neighbouring Lambeth or Lewisham, at 108 deaths per 100,000 people.
But it is dwarfed by some of the capital’s most deprived areas, such as Newham, which has the highest rate in the capital at 144.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
The virus has been involved in around four out of ten of all deaths across the capital since the start of March, according to the department’s statisticians.
In a further breakdown of the data, analysts at the ONS broke down the borough into 33 areas, called ‘Middle Super Output Areas’.
The highest numbers of virus deaths have been recorded around Queen’s Road Peckham, with fifteen recorded Covid-related deaths, Surrey Quays and parts of Rotherhithe, (13) and London Bridge and West Bermondsey (11).
Only one area logged in Southwark has recorded no deaths up to April 17 from coronavirus: the area surrounding Southwark Street and Borough.
A number of areas have recorded one single death for the time period that the data covers, including what is designated by the census as Bermondsey North and Bermondsey East.
Analysts believe that the rate of coronavirus deaths is closely correlated with deprived areas, with those which are deprived experiencing double the fatalities compared to wealthy neighbourhoods.
“People living in more deprived areas have experienced COVID-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less deprived areas,” said Nick Stipe, head of health analysis at the ONS.
“General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but so far COVID-19 appears to be taking them higher still.”
Separate data from the agency also reveals that of those who died in Southwark, the majority sadly passed away in hospitals.
At least 112 people have passed away in hospital, while 31 are recorded to have passed away in a care home.
Meanwhile ten residents are listed as having passed away from Covid-19 in their own home.