New figures have revealed Hyde is the area of Tameside hardest hit by coronavirus-related deaths.
According to data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there have been 227 deaths in the borough from the start of March to the end of May.
The statistics record cases where coronavirus was the underlying cause or mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.
The postcode area of Hyde South has seen the highest number of deaths involving the virus in the borough.
In total 24 people tragically died in the area, with three in March, ten in April and 11 in May.
However Hyde South is an outlier, with the rest of the borough seeing far fewer people pass away.
The next highest is Mossley, with 14 deaths in the three month period, then Guide Bridge with 13 and Droylsden Central with 12.
The postcodes around Ashton Waterloo and Dukinfield West have both recorded 11 deaths.
Smallshaw and Ashton Central have also seen ten deaths each connected with coronavirus.
The remaining 21 postcode areas have seen deaths in the single figures since the pandemic took hold in March.
Denton North saw the lowest death toll across the borough, with just two people passing away in April and May.
Tameside council’s director of public health Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy said: “We are very saddened by the deaths of any of our residents from Covid-19 and we, along with our partners in the NHS, are doing everything possible to keep people safe.
“We are reviewing the deaths by locality, by different groups and across all settings, to develop the most effective response we can locally to a global challenge.
“We know that our oldest residents, especially those with underlying health conditions, are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, and so we are working closely with our care homes in particular to make sure that we reduce the risks.
“We are pleased to note that the death rate is coming down in the borough.
“We want to thank the people of Tameside who have been following the government’s advice on hand washing and social distancing and ask that they continue to support efforts to spread the virus by limiting contact, observing social distancing and engaging with the test and trace system should they display symptoms.”
Hyde town centre. Photo with permission: MEN
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