Liberty Letter To Health Secretary
COVID Incidence In Croydon
COVID incidence rates in Croydon have been rising to 300 per 100,000 people for the seven days up to July 13, up from 216 per 100,000 in the previous week. Fortunately this lower than the overall London the case rate of 311 per 100,000 for the week up to July 13 and 398 in England.
Croydon University Hospitalis currently caring for 27 Covid-19 patients, four of whom are on ventilation.
More than 301,000 doses of the vaccination have been administered, but cases are still rising.
The Number Of Croydon Residents Who Have Died
Between 801 and 1,004 Croydon residents had died of COVID so far.
In a Freedom of Information reply to me the Council explains
‘There are a number of ways ‘deaths from covid’ are measured.
i. The first method is the total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive covid test. This can be found on the government’s UK coronavirus dashboard and at the latest date the total number was 801. Locally we do not have any information on the demographics of those people.
ii. The second method is the total number of deaths registered whose death certificate mentions covid-19 as one of the causes of death. This is can be found at the same link as above and at the latest date the total number was 1,004 (this is based on the date the death was registered. Given potential delays to registration, locally we tend to use the same measure but based on date of death which is released by the Office for National Statistics ONS and puts the latest total at 1,010). Again, locally we do not have much information on the demographics of those people, although the ONS does produce a supplementary data set showing the breakdown by gender at a local level (see table below). All other analysis related to demographics is only available at a national level and can be viewed on the ONS website and the PHE excess mortality analysis tool.
At the moment the Council can only provide statistics by gender – not by age, ethnicity, economic status, or health vulnerabilities
The highest number of deaths was among men: 528 compared with women at 382 in the 14 month period March 2020 to April 2021. This 343.1 aged standardised mortality rate per 1,000,000 of the male population and 192.7 for women.
These figures are based on the date of death registration, rather than death occurrence.
No Publication Of The Names Of Those Who Died
The Council will not be publishing a full list of those who have died. It explains:
‘Although Croydon Registration Service register all deaths which occur within the Borough we do neither compile nor keep a list as described. This information is gathered by the Office of National Statistics.’
Asked whether there is data identifying the incidence of COVID at small neighbourhood level, and if so when will the analysis be made public, the Council says:
‘Data at MSOA level is published on the government’s UK coronavirus dashboard interactive map (zoom in to see data at this lower level). MSOAs in Croydon range in size from ~6,000 to ~13,000 population.’
Comment. I cannot get this map to work and therefore cannot see the data.
Can you have a try and let me know?