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How deprived areas of England are still being hit hardest by Covid-19

  The Indian variant is continuing the pattern seen throughout the pandemic by spreading fastest in poorer authorities.  " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> England entered the penultimate stage of its unlocking today – but optimism about the future is being tempered by outbreaks ofa new Covid-19 variant in Bolton and Blackburn. The Indian variant, specifically B.1.617.2, is thought to be more transmissible than the form of the virus that first emerged in Kent last winter and subsequently led to a surge in deaths. Matters will hopefully be different this time owing to the protection provided by vaccines but one thing that hasn’t changed is the type of area being hit by Covid-19. There is a strong correlation between deprivation levels and the degree to which areas are affected.     The correlation isn’t perfect and doesn’t factor in metrics such as population density, but the areas current .. Full story on 

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