Jun 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Deprived areas hit twice as hard

The most deprived parts of England and Wales have been hit twice as hard by coronavirus as wealthier areas, the Office for National Statistics said. Urban areas were markedly worse affected than rural areas. In England, once you adjust for the age of population, there were 128 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the population in the most deprived areas. The least deprived areas saw less than half that rate in March, April and May.Urban impact. In Wales a similar pattern was seen, with a rate of 110 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 in the most deprived areas - nearly double the rate of 58 deaths per 100,000 in the wealthiest areas.

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