Friday, June 12, 2020

COVID-19 - Mortality rates and the Poor

New data reveals the poorest in England and Wales have been hit the hardest by coronavirus. People living in the most deprived areas died of Covid-19 at double the rate of those living in the most wealthy areas according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures show people living in the poorest 10% of England died at a rate of 128.3 per 100,000, compared to those living in the most wealthy 10% who died at a rate of 58.8 per 100,000 between March and May this year.

The pattern was also reflected in Wales where the equivalent rates were 109.5 deaths compared to 57.5 deaths per 100,000.

Nine out of ten local authorities with the highest Covid-19 age-standardised mortality rates were in London. Brent had the highest overall age-standardised rate with 210.9 deaths per 100,000 population, followed by Newham (196.8 deaths) and Hackney (182.9 deaths).

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