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Which parts of Surrey and East Hampshire have seen the most coronavirus-related deaths

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Which parts of Surrey and East Hampshire have seen the most coronavirus-related deaths

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:09am 31st July 2020. (Updated at 7:47am 31st July 2020)

New figures have identified which parts of Surrey and Hampshire have seen the highest number of coronavirus related deaths. 

The statistics are broken down into wards.

In Waverley, Farncombe has had the most with 18 between March and June. 

In Rushmoor, it was Aldershot Park with 19 while in Surrey Heath Camberley Town was identified as a hotspot with 15 deaths. 

For Guildford, the hotspot has been identified as Shalford and Wanborough where 14 people died and in Hart, it is Yateley East with 11. 

In these cases, coronavirus was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor.

With large inequalities seen throughout communities across England, anti-poverty charity Turn2us urged the Government to focus on levelling up neighbourhoods, not just the regions of the UK.

Deprived areas across England had death rates related to Covid-19 of more than double that of the most affluent parts – 139.6 per 100,000 compared to 63.4.

Turn2us said the figures highlight the extreme inequalities that affect so many people.

Sara Willcocks, head of communications at the charity, said:

"We may all be weathering the same storm, but we are certainly not all in the same boat. For a society that believes in compassion, we must right these wrongs of social injustices.

"We urge the government to focus on levelling up not just regions of the UK but also our neighbourhoods.

"Everyone deserves the right to access high quality jobs, affordable housing and a strong social security system that gives people the support they need; when they need it, so local communities can thrive together."

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the statistics are another "grim reminder" that it is the people living in more deprived areas who are bearing the brunt of this disease.

Peter Matejic, head of evidence at the organisation, said:

"It is utterly wrong that someone’s life chances are so deeply impacted by where they live.

“Already worsening before the pandemic hit, we cannot allow our record on tackling poverty and health inequalities to unravel any further.

"As we start to rebuild, the government must urgently address the structural problems that have contributed to these tragic deaths.

"We can and must do better.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said the disparity in mortality rates highlighted in the report is greater than the inequality seen in previous years:

“We are committing to better understanding and reducing the disparity in health outcomes – in the context of coronavirus and more broadly.

"This is central to the work being taken forward by the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch.

“We are continuing to learn as much as we can, as quickly as we can, about this virus - who it affects and how best to protect those who may be more vulnerable than others, while keeping everyone safe.”