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POOR PAYING A HIGHER PRICE

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A NEW Government report has revealed that the coronaviru­s is killing people in deprived areas at double the rate of richer areas in England.

The report from the Office for National Statistics shows that the death rate in underprivi­leged areas was 55.1 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 25.3 deaths per 100,000 in wealthier areas.

Normal death rates are usually higher in more deprived areas, but COVID-19 has pushed them even higher.

The data also showed that the virus has affected more men who live in poorer areas than women.

However, it is important to remember that, while a lot of media attention is given to the sad numbers of people dying, the overwhelmi­ng majority of people recover fully.

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