Calls for health funding to be prioritised as poor bear brunt of Covid-19

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Most deprived areas of England and Wales has 55.1 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 25.3 in affluent areas

The government must prioritise health funding for the most deprived regions in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, politicians and public health experts have demanded, after new data analysis revealed the devastating scale of the death toll in the poorest parts of England and Wales.

In findings one expert said highlighted the fact that Covid-19 “is not a leveller” as politicians have repeatedly claimed, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that those living in the poorest parts of England and Wales were dying at twice the rate of those in the richest areas.

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