Acton's Coronavirus Death Toll Revealed

Figures showing fatalities at a local level published for the first time

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Detailed data about the coronavirus outbreak has been published which shows that up until the middle of last month 28 people in the Acton area have died from the disease.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have published the number of fatalities at a very local level for the first time. The data is based on the analysis of registration of deaths including the residence of the deceased between 1 March and 17 April 2020 and where coronavirus was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.

Roughly speaking Acton is divided into six Middle Layer Super Output areas by the ONS. Based on a very limit set of data, the area designated as Acton Central in the analysis seems to have been relatively badly hit with 13 deaths. It is thought possible that a higher number of care home in this area goes some way to explaining the apparently elevated death rate. North Acton on the other hand recorded no deaths at all.

Area Covid-19 Deaths Total Deaths Covid-19 (%)

Acton Central
(MSOA Ealing 025)


Acton Noel Road & Lunton Road (MSOA Ealing 021)


Ealing Common & Twyford Ave (MSOA Ealing 027)


South Acton
(MSOA Ealing 033)


East Acton
(MSOA Ealing 024)


North Acton
(MSOA Ealing 015)


Source: ONS

The neighbouring area of Ravenscourt Park North was one of the worst hit in the country with 18 recorded Covid-19 deaths but it is thought possible this was also a result of the number of care homes in the area.

There were 538 deaths in the borough Ealing 239 of which were attributed to the virus. This gives a death rate of 103.2 making it one of the top ten worst hit local authority areas in the country. All of the top ten were London boroughs with Newham having the highest death rate of 144.3.

Death Rates by London Borough to 17 April
Borough All Deaths Rate Covid-19 Deaths Rate
Newham 421 298.7 208 144.3
Brent 550 256.9 304 141.5
Hackney 304 263.5 146 127.4
Tower Hamlets 260 239.3 132 122.9
Haringey 314 222.1 168 119.3
Harrow 487 229.2 241 114.7
Southwark 320 219.0 156 108.1
Lewisham 393 244.1 172 106.4
Lambeth 361 233.7 165 104.3
Ealing 538 230.4 239 103.2
Hammersmith and Fulham 220 209.7 100 96.4
Waltham Forest 343 210.8 151 92.5
Barking and Dagenham 271 229.5 103 89.2
Enfield 542 225.9 220 91.3
Barnet 687 216.9 287 91.6
Islington 227 208.0 88 80.7
Greenwich 376 230.9 140 84.6
Croydon 573 201.0 252 88.0
Merton 320 228.9 117 83.0
Redbridge 441 209.1 174 82.9
Wandsworth 345 209.7 132 80.2
Westminster 274 164.5 120 72.3
Hillingdon 447 199.8 164 73.0
Kensington and Chelsea 171 134.7 84 66.8
Hounslow 317 190.0 120 69.2
Havering 516 199.5 166 64.6
Sutton 322 188.2 96 56.7
Camden 214 127.9 91 55.2
Bexley 381 165.4 125 54.8
Richmond upon Thames 229 136.7 77 47.0
Kingston upon Thames 241 178.4 57 42.9
City of London 9 106.2 3 35.2


There were 90,232 deaths occurring in England and Wales that were registered by 18 April; 20,283 of these deaths involved the coronavirus. When adjusted for size and age structure of the population, there were 36.2 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 people in England and Wales.

London had the highest age-standardised mortality rate with 85.7 deaths per 100,000 persons; this was statistically significantly higher than any other region and almost double the next highest rate.

The age-standardised mortality rate of deaths involving Covid-19 in the most deprived areas of England was 55.1 deaths per 100,000 population compared with 25.3 deaths per 100,000 population in the least deprived areas.

Nick Stripe, Head of Health Analysis, Office for National Statistics said, “People living in more deprived areas have experienced Covid-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less deprived areas. General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but so far Covid-19 appears to be taking them higher still.”

Figures on deaths published by the ONS differ from those produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the UK's public health agencies for two main reasons: the time between death and reporting of the death and the ONS's wider inclusion criteria.

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May 3, 2020

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