The coronavirus pandemic has now caused thousands of excess deaths across the UK, many as a direct result of COVID-19.
However, some areas have experienced a much higher number of excess deaths than others during the outbreak.
Analysis by Sky News has found that between the middle of March and the end of May, the number of deaths in two out of five local authorities in Britain was up by 50% or more when compared to the five-year average.
Data from the Office of National Statistics and the National Records of Scotland shows that almost all local authorities registered more deaths than would normally be expected in this period.
Twelve authorities were particularly badly affected, registering twice as many deaths as normal.
These authorities were: Brent, Harrow, Newham, Enfield, Haringey, Hertsmere, Ealing, Westminster, Hackney, Barnet, Croydon and Mole Valley.
The excess mortality is the number of deaths above average recorded in a given area.
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This is important, as some people with COVID-19 may die without the virus being diagnosed – and the pandemic may also contribute to a rise in deaths from other causes.
The excess mortality is therefore a better measure of how badly the outbreak has affected an area than the official number of coronavirus deaths.
However, the two figures are linked and areas that have suffered more COVID-19 deaths were among those with the highest levels of excess mortality.
Brent, Harrow and Hertsmere are the local authorities with both the highest coronavirus death rate and the highest excess mortality.
London has suffered a particularly high number of excess deaths, with 17 of the 20 worst areas for excess deaths located in the capital.
In contrast, Wales and the South West saw lower numbers of excess deaths, with 15 out the 20 best areas for excess deaths falling in those two regions.
Meanwhile, North East Lincolnshire, Hastings, Torridge, Isle of Anglesey and Ceredigion all recorded a very similar number of deaths to normal during the outbreak.
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