This page contains data and analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from 27 April to 1 May 2020. Go to our live page for the most up-to-date insights on COVID-19.

1 May 2020

Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area

We have analysed all deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) that occurred in England and Wales between 1 March and 17 April 2020 (registered up to 18 April 2020), focusing on differences between local areas.

The local authorities with the highest age-standardised mortality rates for deaths involving COVID-19 were all London boroughs, led by Newham (144.3 deaths per 100,000 population), Brent (141.5) and Hackney (127.4).

Overall, London had 85.7 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population, almost double the rate of the next worst-affected region (West Midlands at 43.2). The South West had the lowest age-standardised mortality rate, at 16.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

Use our interactive map to see mortality rates broken down by local authority. To select an area, use the drop-down or hover over the map.

Cities have seen the highest rates of deaths involving COVID-19

Age-standardised mortality rates for all causes and deaths involving COVID-19, local authorities in England and Wales, deaths occurring between 1 March and 17 April 2020

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If we categorise areas by levels of deprivation, we find that deaths involving COVID-19 had occurred at more than twice the rate in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England (55.1 deaths per 100,000 people) compared with the least deprived (25.3).

The respective mortality rates for all deaths suggest that the impact of COVID-19 has been proportionally higher on those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

The rate of deaths involving COVID-19 is more than twice as high in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived

Age-standardised mortality rates, all deaths and deaths involving COVID-19, Index of Multiple Deprivation, England, deaths occurring between 1 March and 17 April 2020

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1 May 2020

Technology and homeworking

Technology is helping to enable large numbers of people to work from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown – but the ability to do so varies a lot between industries.

In 2019, only 10% of employees in the accommodation and food services industry had ever worked from home, compared with 53% in the information and communication industry.

Some jobs require face-to-face contact, or access to tools and machinery, and it may never be possible to work from home. But having access to the right equipment can make a difference. Our E-Commerce Survey shows that in 2018, outside the information and communication industry, less than half of employees were provided with a portable device (like a phone, tablet or laptop).

Our article, technology intensity and homeworking in the UK, looks at how technology can allow some people to work remotely.


  • Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation

    Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 March and 17 April 2020 in England and Wales. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level and deprivation indices.

  • Technology intensity and homeworking in the UK

    Recent trends and insights into technology as an enabler for homeworking. Analysis considers differences in technology usage across industries.