Life expectancy in men from Waltham Forest and Redbridge has fallen – while rising slightly for women.

It broadly reflects the picture across the UK, where life expectancy for males has dropped for the first time since current records began.

Office for National Statistics data shows that in Waltham Forest, a boy born between 2018 to 2020 is expected to live until they are 79 years old, down from 80 in 2015-17.

Meanwhile, life expectancy from birth for females rose from 84.2 to 84.5 between the two periods.

In Redbridge, a boy born in the same period is expected to live until they are 80- a decrease from 81 in 2015-17.

Females in the area rose from 84.3 to 84.6 between the two periods.

Across the UK, a baby boy born in 2018-20 is expected to live until he is 79, down from 79.2 for the 2015-17 period, while a girl born in 2018-20 is estimated to live for 82.9 years, the same as in 2015-17.

The figures reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to a greater number of deaths than usual last year, the ONS said.

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.

“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.

“This is the first time we have seen a decline when comparing non-overlapping time periods since the series began in the early 1980s.”