A new interactive map shows the number of coronavirus-related deaths by postcode.

It brings home the sad impact the virus is having on communities.

The map, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reveals England’s poorer areas have more than twice the number of deaths than affluent areas.

It highlights the number of deaths whereby coronavirus was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.

In Weymouth and Portland, 13 people have died while 23 people have died in West Dorset.

Nine people have died in North Dorset and four in Purbeck.

In Weymouth there have been deaths in the following areas:

Westham North and Radipole: 4

Preston and Lodmoor: 3

Broadwey and Littlemoor: 1

Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis and Rodwell: 1

Weymouth West: 1

Westham South: 1


Southwell and Weston: 1

Underhill and The Grove: 1

West Dorset

Chickerell and Chesil Bank: 1

Dorchester West and Poundbury: 5

Dorchester East: 1

Charlton Down, Cerne Abbas and Puddletown 6 

Beaminster, Maiden Newton and Halstock: 1

Burton Bradstock and Chideock: 1

Bridport South and West Bay: 1

Bridport North: 3

Yetminster Bradford Abbas and Longburton: 2

Sherborne: 2


Bere Regis and Lytchett Matravers: 1

Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers: 2

Wareham, Sandford and Holton Heath: 1

North Dorset

Blandford Forum Town: 2

Child Okeford and Iwerne Minster: 2

Gilingham: 2

Shaftesbury: 2

Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge: 1

The map can be broken down into specific wards and residents can search their postcode to see the number of deaths in their area.

There are some areas with no reported deaths, including Wyke Regis, Swanage and Bovington and Wool.

The figures cover the period from March 1 to April 17 and the information used to produce these statistics is based on details collected when certified deaths are registered with the local registration office. They exclude death of non-residents.

Points on the map are placed at the centre of the local area they represent and do not show the actual location of deaths To protect confidentiality, a small number of deaths have been reallocated between neighbouring areas.

A total of 23 patients are known to have died at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester since the outbreak began.

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community hospitals across the county, has reported 12 deaths.

A spokesman for the trust said they could not comment on which hospitals deaths had occurred due to patient confidentiality.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reported 55 deaths while 37 patients have died at Poole Hospital.

It means 127 people have died at Dorset’s hospitals after testing positive for the virus.

The ONS has also started publishing the number of deaths at care homes.

Between April 10 and April 25, 46 people died in care homes across the county.

In the Dorset Council area, 24 people died, while 22 deaths were reported in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council area.

As of 5pm yesterday, there have been 737 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

In the area covered by Dorset Council, 324 people have tested positive for the virus, while 413 have been recorded in the area covered by BCP.