LONDON — People living in the poorest parts of England have experienced COVID-19 mortality rates of more than double those of wealthier areas, according to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.
In an analysis released Friday, the ONS said the COVID-19 mortality rate in the most deprived parts of England was 55.1 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 25.3 deaths per 100,000 in the most affluent areas. The analysis covers the period between March 1 and April 17.
“General mortality rates are normally higher in more deprived areas, but so far COVID-19 appears to be taking them higher still,” said Nick Stripe, head of health analysis at the ONS.
The three areas with a statistically significantly higher mortality rate than the average for England and Wales were London, the West Midlands and the North West, the ONS said.
The lowest proportion of deaths involving the coronavirus was in the South West, making up 13 percent of the region’s 8,389 total deaths.
The ONS also said that in the poorest areas, the mortality rate was much higher among men (76.7 deaths per 100.000 population) than for women (39.6).