There were 128 deaths related to the virus per 100 000 inhabitants in the 10 % most deprived areas after adjustment to take account of the age. The richer regions have experienced less than half this rate – 59 deaths per 100 000 – in march, April and may. Experts said that the data showed that the pandemic had ” an uneven impact on our society that is already unequal “. London has borne the heaviest burden, with 137,6 deaths per 100,000, or one-third more than the neighboring region.
The only local authority outside London in the top 10 was Middlesbrough.
Dr Jennifer Dixon, director general of the health Foundation, said that the figures showed Covide-19 was not a great leveller.
She said : “The pandemic has an uneven impact on our society that is already unequal.
“While we’re of the pandemic, and that we are facing an economic uncertainty is considerable, the government should take much more seriously the protection and improvement of the health of the population for the future.
“Many health problems are preventable, and do not address this issue will impede the economic recovery and attempts to level up. ”
However, the figures show that mortality rates have decreased by half in all but two regions of England and Wales between April and may.
The North-East, North-West and Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest mortality rates in may, the deaths from the coronavirus in London, having fallen from 83 per cent. The capital has recorded the highest rate in march and April.
Veena Raleigh, senior fellow at the King’s Fund, said: “Covide-19 continues to follow the flaws of the inequality.
“The unequal number of deaths of Covid-19 in some layers of the society should be an alarm signal for the government to make the improvement of the health of the population and the fight against inequalities in health is an urgent priority.
“We need a government-wide strategy to reduce health inequalities, increase investment in prevention and public health, and to take action to combat the socio-economic inequalities underlying the origin of ill health and mortality that are preventable. “
At the same time, the latest survey from the Office for National Statistics on the infection revealed that the virus transmission has continued to decrease.
The average number of infections per day has increased from 5 600 in the figures of the previous week to 4 500, between 25 may and 7 June. It suggests that only about one person out of 1 700 have been infected during this period.