The Covid-19 pandemic has seen deaths rise well above average levels right across the country.

In England and Wales, there have been two periods during the coronavirus pandemic when weekly and monthly registrations of deaths from all causes were consistently higher than the five-year average – these are known as 'excess deaths'.

Excess deaths are considered the clearest way to compare the likely impact of the pandemic over time. 

Since the pandemic began, Oxfordshire has seen 46,134 Covid-19 cases with 1,087 deaths that have Covid-19 registered on the death certificate.

Deaths within 28 days of a positive test are lower at 743.

New data from the Office for National Statistics showed Eynsham and Stanton Harcourt in West Oxfordshire experienced no Covid-19 deaths at all between March 2020 and April 2021. 

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How many excess deaths have there been in Oxfordshire? 

In Oxford Central there were 10 excess deaths during the pandemic, according to ONS data, an increase of 68 per cent. However, the total sum of Covid-19 deaths was 2.

Meanwhile, in Osney, Jericho and Port Meadow there were 15 more deaths than normal, an increase of 119 per cent. The total of Covid-19 registered deaths was 4.

Cowley South and Iffley saw 19 more deaths in the first wave of the pandemic but 7 fewer deaths on average were recorded in the second wave, resulting in an overall increase of 31 per cent.

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In Abingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft there were 15 extra deaths which was an increase of 69 per cent. 

Bicester South, on the other hand, only saw an increase of 5 deaths in the first wave and then a decrease of 7 average deaths in the second wave. This resulted in an overall decrease of 2 per cent. 

Similarly, Witney Central saw 9 extra deaths in the first wave but 6 less in the second, meaning there was an overall death increase of just 12 per cent. 

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Banbury Easington 31 more deaths than usual over the pandemic, a total increase of 67 per cent. From March 2020 to April 2021, 20 people have died due to Covid-19. 

Didcot West recorded 7 deaths due to Covid-19, but saw a decrease in deaths compared to average levels. The area had 10 fewer deaths than the five-year average recorded since 2015. This resulted in a fall of 30 per cent. 

Carterton South also saw an increase with 10 more deaths recorded during the pandemic, putting the average up 47 per cent. 

What is the picture nationally? 

Overall, the North West, London and North East had the highest Covid-19 death rates in 2020.

There were around 200 neighbourhoods where the number of deaths was at least double what would normally have been expected between March and July 2020.

These included Crabtree and Fir Vale in Sheffield which had the largest number of excess deaths at 123 deaths between March and July 2020. This was 77 more than the average of 46 – an excess of 167%.

How many excess deaths have there been in your neighbourhood?

Use the interactive postcode tracker below to see how many excess deaths there have been in your local area between March 2020 and April 2021.

These figures are compared with the average for the same month between 2015 and 2019 in England and Wales.