UK struggling to control coronavirus cases in poorer regions

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While the amount of coronavirus cases has been decreasing within the UK, an equivalent isn’t being observed for the poorer sections of the country.

According to the analysis of state data, the amount of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people remained higher within the last week of January within the poorer sections of the country instead of the rich ones.

This data, which has been verified by the House of Commons library and compiled by Labour from official statistics, has raised concerns. Scientists believe that when the lockdown ends if this trend continues and a few areas have higher infection rates than others then the virus can spread and lead the country back to face one.

In several areas, the decline in cases was 9 per cent to 14 per cent, whereas the declining percentage was much higher (such as 70 per cent) in other well-off areas like Oxford West and Abingdon constituency within the last week of January.

Some experts believe this gap shows the incompetence of the Boris Johnson-led government which has allegedly did not help the low-income groups of the country.

“Given we’re grappling with new, more infectious variants, a number of which can partially evade vaccines, it’s now more urgent than ever this is often fixed,” Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary said. “Without decent financial help, transmission chains won’t be broken these areas. People will remain in danger of illness while Boris Johnson’s promise to ‘level up’ lies in tatters.”

Scientists have also warned the increase within the danger level if people communicate from the better-off areas to those poorer regions that are in peril of upper infection rates.