North Norfolk bucks shorter life expectancy trend
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North Norfolk is bucking a new national trend towards shorter or stagnant life expectancy, latest figures show.
Office for National Statistics data shows that a boy born between 2018 and 2020 in north Norfolk is expected to live until they are 80.6 years old, up from 80.4 in 2015-17. Life expectancy from birth for females rose from 84.6 to 84.8 between the two periods.
The UK average for males dropped from 79.2 for the 2015-17 period to 79 for 2018-20. But the figure remained steady for female over the two timeframes - 82.9 years.
Pamela Cobb, of the ONS centre for ageing and demography, said: “Life expectancy has increased in the UK over the last 40 years, albeit at a slower pace in the last decade.
“However, the coronavirus pandemic led to a greater number of deaths than normal in 2020.
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“Consequently, in the latest estimates, we see virtually no improvement in life expectancy for women, while for men life expectancy has fallen back to levels reported for 2012 to 2014.
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