Families mourn as virus claims lives

July 14 2020

CORONAVIRUS has claimed the lives of 87 people in Kingswood and the surrounding area, according to the latest official figures.

An in-depth breakdown from the Office for National Statistics, released in June, shows deaths from every area in the country which involved Covid-19 in March, April and May.

The ONS has divided the country into small geographic areas, each with a population of around 7,500 people, and recorded how many people in each area died with coronavirus.

Fifteen virus-related deaths were recorded in the Kingswood North East area, which includes homes between the High Street, New Cheltenham Road and Tenniscourt Road,

Seven people died in the Staple Hill South and Kingswood North West area, which includes Soundwell Road, Gloucester Road and Teewell Avenue. Four died in Kingswood South and another four in Staple Hill North.

Cadbury Heath is one of the worst affected areas, with nine deaths in the north of the patch, which includes Bridgeyate, and another nine in the south, which includes North Common.

Longwell Green and Oldland Common have recorded nine deaths and Hanham one.

The individual area with the highest total of Covid-19 deaths is Emersons Green, where 11 deaths were recorded. Downend North and Downend South have seen four deaths each, Mangotsfield one, and there were another six in rural parts of the eastern side of South Gloucestershire.

ONS figures for the whole of South Gloucestershire revealed that, by June 5, 164 people had died with COVID-19. In Bristol the total was 234.