Virus claims 40 lives in area
CORONAVIRUS has claimed the lives of 40 people in Downend, Emersons Green 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.
Seven people died in the area the ONS calls Downend South, which includes homes near the main shopping area including those off North Street, Downend Road and Salisbury Road.
Another four died in the ONS’s Downend North area, which includes Bromley Heath and the area near Leap Valley.
The individual area with the highest total of COVID-19 deaths was Emersons Green, where 11 deaths were recorded. This area on the ONS map also includes parts of Mangotsfield near Blackhorse Lane and stretches into parts of Downend that lie west of Badminton Road, including the area around Aintree Drive.
Seven people died in the ONS’s Staple Hill South and Kingswood North West area, which includes Soundwell Road, Gloucester Road and Teewell Avenue, and four died in Staple Hill North, which includes the High Street, Broad Street, Teewell Hill and Station Road.
One confirmed COVID-19 death was recorded for Mangotsfield and another six coronavirus deaths were recorded in the ONS’s Frenchay and Great Stoke area, which also includes Hambrook.
Elsewhere in South Gloucestershire, 15 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the ONS’s Kingswood North East area, which includes homes between the High Street, New Cheltenham Road and Tenniscourt Road, while in Thornbury a total of 24 people lost their lives to the virus.
April was the deadliest month of the pandemic in most areas, with nine of the 11 deaths of Staple Hill residents, nine of the 11 Downend deaths and seven of the 11 Emersons Green fatalities happening during that month.
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.