June 14, 2021

Coronavirus: Higher death rate in poorer areas, ONS figures suggest

People living in more deprived areas of England and Wales are more likely to die with coronavirus than those in more affluent places, new figures suggest.

Office for National Statistics analysis shows there were 55 deaths for every 100,000 people in the poorest parts of England, compared with 25 in the wealthiest areas.

Mortality rates are normally higher in poorer areas.

But the ONS said coronavirus appeared to be adding to the problem.

“This is something that we are worried about and looking at,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

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