Here's how many deaths Coronavirus has caused in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and East Northants

East Northants has been hit hardest by the deadly virus

East Northants has been hit hardest by coronavirus in the north of the county, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show.

There have been 74 deaths linked to Covid-19 registered in East Northants up to May 22, more than anywhere else in north Northamptonshire.

Kettering, a potential emerging hotspot for coronavirus, is the next worst affected local authority, with 65 Covid-19 death registrations. Wellingborough had 55, while Corby had 39.

Kettering has had 65 coronavirus deaths registered

Residents of Northamptonshire have been warned that the situation in the county is "still serious" and should not underestimate the continued threat from coronavirus.

Last week, the director of public health for Northamptonshire, Lucy Wightman, said: "The people of Northamptonshire have been fantastic in the way that they have embraced social distancing and followed government and health advice so far during the pandemic.

"But it’s clear that we all must remain focused on playing our own part to stop the spread of coronavirus."

The spread of coronavirus in the county's care homes has been devastating and figures show half of all Covid-19 deaths in care homes in the north of the county have happened in East Northants.

East Northants has been hit hardest by coronavirus

The local authority has registered 24 coronavirus deaths in care homes, more than anywhere else in the county.

There were 13 care home deaths linked to Covid-19 in Kettering, nine in Wellingborough and four in Corby.

East Northants has also suffered the highest number of death registrations in one week, with 16 coronavirus deaths registered in the week ending April 17.

However, this peak was also the earliest spike in the north of the county. Kettering appears to have suffered its highest toll a month later in the week ending May 15, with 14 coronavirus deaths registered. This fell the following week to 10.

The ONS figures also show hospitals continue to be at the frontline of the pandemic, with most people sadly dying while being treated for the virus. The majority of deaths registered in all four local authorities have been in hospital.

Lucy Wightman said: "Locally we are continuing to see new cases, hospitalisations and, sadly, deaths from Covid-19.

"Every single death means the loss of a loved one and our thoughts and sympathies are with all those in our county who have lost friends or family members as a result of this virus."

Other coronavirus deaths in north Northamptonshire included three at home in Corby and two at home in Kettering.

There were also two deaths linked to Covid-19 at hospices recorded in East Northants, one elsewhere in Corby and one in 'other communal establishment' in East Northants.

Last week, Lucy Wightman urged people to continue to follow guidance and said: "Please stay at home as much as possible and limit contact with other people where it is necessary to go out, including remaining at least two metres away from people outside your own household and continue to wash your hands regularly.

"It’s also important to remember that the NHS is still here for all those who need it. Even if you are shielding or isolating at home, please contact your GP or use the NHS 111 service if you need help for your physical or mental health."

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