ONS data reveals postcode areas of Yorkshire with the most coronavirus deaths

The Office for National Statistics has released a breakdown of coronavirus deaths by postcode.

By Grace Newton
Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 10:36 am
Updated Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 12:17 pm
Pateley Bridge is one of Yorkshire's luckiest towns - it's had no coronavirus deaths as of April 18
Pateley Bridge is one of Yorkshire's luckiest towns - it's had no coronavirus deaths as of April 18

The statistics show that some of Yorkshire's largest cities - including Leeds and Hull - have fared relatively well during the outbreak, but there are coronavirus clusters in smaller towns such as Harrogate, Dinnington, Northallerton and Halifax.

Vast swathes of rural Yorkshire, including the two National Parks, have also recorded low numbers of cases.

The data only includes deaths registered before April 18.

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Scarborough has been badly hit relative to its size, with 18 deaths before April 18

One surprising hotspot for the outbreak is Northallerton. The North Yorkshire market town has had 13 deaths across its two postcode areas, which include nearby Leeming Bar.

In more remote areas of the Dales, there have been eight fatalities in Settle, Hellifield and Horton, and five in Ingleton and High Bentham.

Scarborough has recorded 18 deaths across seven postcode areas, including Filey and Hunmanby, with five in the Scarborough Central ward.

Harrogate has suffered, with 26 deaths registered in the town itself, including 11 in the Hookstone area, and more scattered deaths in rural villages that are part of the Harrogate district, including eight in Spofforth, Burn Bridge and Huby.

Keighley has had 16 deaths, with another five in the nearby villages of Steeton and Silsden and four in Sutton and Crosshills.

Bradford has been badly hit, with spikes in deaths in its more densely populated urban neighbourhoods such as Undercliffe (seven), Manningham and Lister Park (seven). Shearbridge and University (eight), Crossflatts and Eldwick (seven) and Scholemoor (six).

The affluent villages of Guiseley and Menston on the outskirts of Bradford have also recorded nine deaths, and there have been five fatal cases in Ilkley.

In Leeds, the worst affected village has been Pudsey, with 13 deaths across four postcodes.

The Colton, Austhorpe and Whitkirk postcode area in east Leeds has had 14 deaths, and the deprived ward of Seacroft and Monkswood has had eight. There have been six deaths in the villages of Drighlington and Gildersome West, but none in the city centre.

Sheffield has been badly hit, with clusters in Park Hill and Wybourn (eight), Crabtree and Fir Vale (18), Norton and Norton Lees (nine) and Woodhouse Mill (nine).

In Barnsley, there have been 13 deaths in Wombwell and eight in Mapplewell and Staincross.

In the Wakefield area, there have been 11 deaths in Lupset, eight in Castleford Town, seven in Normanton West, eight in Streethouse and Sharlston Common and six in Ackworth and Darrington.

In Rotherham, there have been five deaths in the town centre, 13 in Kimberworth Park, six in Anston and Woodsetts, and nine in Dinnington.

In Doncaster, one street alone - Bawtry Road in Besscarr - has had five deaths, although the town's overall fatality rate is low.

Other clusters include Meltham near Huddersfield, with nine deaths, and Halifax, where there have been eight deaths in Central Halifax and Boothtown and five in Pellon East.

Which areas have avoided deaths?

Most of the postcode districts with no fatalities at all are rural villages, such as Rudby and Ingleby in North Yorkshire.

Pateley Bridge is one town to have had no deaths so far, as is Pickering.

There has only been one death in the Upper Dales, a geographically large but sparsely populated area. Malton has only had two fatal cases, and the cathedral city of Ripon just two.

Tadcaster has recorded only one death, as has Sowerby Bridge.