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Covid-19: No new deaths in Cornwall for six days

Covid-19: No new deaths in Cornwall for six days

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:06am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 9:28am 11th May 2020)

No new coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Cornwall for the past six days.

According to official figures, the current Covid-19 death toll in hospitals in the Duchy stands at 83 with 542 confirmed cases.

Meantime the death rate in Cornwall is lower than the regional average.

The ONS data shows there were 94 deaths involving Covid-19 in Cornwall, in the community as well as in hospitals, between the beginning of March and April 17th – a rate of 13.9 per 100,000 of the local population.

This was below the average of 16.4 across the South West.

Across England and Wales, the average rate was 36.2 in 100,000 – but the analysis showed a sharp division between the most and least affluent areas.

According to the English Index of Multiple Deprivation – a measure of living conditions based on factors including health – the rate for deaths involving Covid-19 for the 10% least deprived areas in the country was 25.3 per 100,000.

In the most deprived area, it was 55.1 – more than double.

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Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the gap was "devastating confirmation that the virus thrives on inequality".

“Labour has long warned of shameful health inequalities which mean the poorest contract illness earlier in life and die sooner.

“Covid-19 exacerbates existing inequalities in our country. Ministers must target health inequalities with an overarching strategy to tackle the wider social determinants of ill health.”

Shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth

The local authority with the highest rate was Newham in London, where it stood at 144.3 in 100,000, while at the other end of the spectrum in Norwich, Norfolk, 2.5 in 100,000 deaths involved the virus.

Sara Willcocks, head of communications at the anti-poverty charity Turn2us, said the differences across the country showed coronavirus "is not a great equaliser”.

She added: "People who are already the most deprived are now facing the worst health and economic consequences of this pandemic.

"We urge the Government to address these inequalities now, by reversing years of austerity, properly funding councils and fixing our welfare safety net.”

Sara Willcocks, Turn2us

Asked to respond to the ONS figures, the Department of Health and Social Care pointed to comments by England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty, who said: "It's critical that we find out which groups are most at risk so we can help to protect them.”

You can find the source data here.

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