Poorest areas of England four times as likely to face lockdown as richest

Analysis of official figures shows most deprived areas are bearing brunt of second wave of Covid

England’s poorest communities are nearly four times as likely to face lockdown restrictions as the wealthiest areas, a Guardian analysis has found, as local leaders warned of a “winter of dangerous discontent” in the north of England without urgent financial support.

A study of official figures shows a wide disparity in the resurgence of coronavirus across the country, with the most deprived areas bearing the brunt of the second wave.

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