THE areas worst hit by coronavirus in Oxfordshire have been revealed in a map of death hotspots during the pandemic.

Updated interactive data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) include all deaths where Covid-19 was the underlying cause, or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor, between March 1 and July 31.

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The geographical sections used by the ONS are small areas which have a similarly sized population and do not necessarily correlate with wards or other political boundaries.

Top of Oxford’s 18 areas remains Cowley South and Iffley, which recorded 14 deaths during the five-month period.

There was a fairly even spread across months with two deaths in March, six in April and three in both May and June. There were none in July.

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This contrasts with Marston, where nine people died but all were in April, at the peak of the outbreak.

It was a similar trend across the city, with many areas not recording any deaths since May.

Only one death was registered in the city in July. This was in Osney, Jericho and Port Meadow, and was the second in that area, with the first in April.

Oxford continued to report a low death toll, despite a surge in cases in July, which Oxfordshire’s Director of Public Health, Ansaf Azhar, said was down to household clusters in East Oxford.

There was also a surge in cases towards the end of last month, with Mr Azhar warning the ‘unsettling’ figures were due to young adults aged between 18 and 29, as well as holidaymakers returning from abroad.

The city was placed on an ‘amber alert’, meaning there is a high or rising level of transmission in the community and is issued when there are 25 and 50 cases per 100,000 people.This has now been reduced.

Other areas of Oxfordshire which recorded deaths in July include one each in Wantage Town, Chipping Norton and Thame South.

Across the whole county there were seven deaths during the month, with no more than a single death in each area.

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High death tolls throughout the pandemic, outside Oxford, include 28 in Chipping Norton, 25 in Witney East, and 20 for Abingdon Town and West.

Unlike any Oxford area, Chipping Norton, recorded a death in all five months.

According to Public Health England data, as of Thursday, Oxfordshire has recorded 286 people who died within 28 days of positive test for coronavirus, with 40 of these in Oxford.

Due to the low number of deaths, the ONS, which has been updating the searchable map each month, has said it will no longer do so.

Separate ONS analysis shows Oxfordshire experienced more than twice as many deaths as normal during the worst period of the coronavirus crisis.

The number of excess deaths in the county hit a peak in the week ending April 17, with 141 per cent more deaths than the average for the previous five years.