Revealed: The High Peak communities hardest hit by coronavirus

New figures have revealed which areas of the High Peak have been the hardest hit by coronavirus-related deaths. 

The data was released on Friday afternoon by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and covers 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.

According to the data, the worst affected postcodes have been Buxton North, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Hope Valley, New Mills East and Hayfield, and Hadfield East and Tintwistle. 

In the three-month period, there were 19 deaths in the Buxton North area - none in March, 14 in April and five in May. 

There were 14 Covid-related deaths in Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Hope Valley - including the Dove Holes area. There were 11 in April and three in May. 

Thirteen deaths occurred in Hadfield East and Tintwistle - including the Padfield area. All of them occurred in April, during the peak of the pandemic. 

There were also 13 deaths in New Mills East and Hayfield - 12 of them in April and one in May. 

The statistics show there were 10 deaths in Glossop - covering the town centre, Old Glossop and Whitfield areas. One of them was in March, six in April and three in May. 

There were seven deaths in the Dinting, Simmondley and Charlesworth area - including Chisworth. Four of them were in April and three in May.

Whaley Bridge and Chinley also had seven Covid-related deaths - five in April and two in May. 

Seven people living in Mottram and Hollingworth - including the Broadbottom area - also died from Covid-19 in the three-month period. There was one death in March, three in April and three in May.  

Meanwhile, three deaths occurred in New Mills West and Furness Vale - one in March, one in April and one in May. 

There were also three deaths in Buxton South and East - none in March, two in April and one in May. 

There was only one death in Buxton Burbage and Harpur Hill, which occurred in April. 

Only one person in the Hadfield West and Gamesley postcode area - which includes Brookfield and Woolley Bridge - died in that period, which happened in May. 

However, the aforementioned figures still don't account for all of the deaths in the borough, according to the Public Health England (PHE) figures released daily. 

In total, as of Sunday's figures from PHE, there have been 1,770 deaths from coronavirus in Derbyshire during the pandemic in all settings, with 238 of them occurring in the High Peak. 

Of course, it is worth remembering that behind every statistic is grieving families and friends - and all of our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected. 

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