Poorest twice as likely to die from coronavirus in UK – BBC News

it's been acknowledged by government and other public bodies that the pandemic has hit vulnerable groups and those living in deprived areas the hardest official figures for england show that the overall death rate between april and june this year in the poorest areas was nearly double that of the least deprived the government says it is committed to reducing deprivation and has spent over 100 billion pounds in welfare support this year and that they are ensuring that councils have the appropriate resources our special correspondent ed thomas has spent time in burnley and reports now on some of those trying to cope there with unemployment and with mental health issues i love the poor because i know i'm the poor and as long as i breathe i'll serve the poor into porsche there's plenty you see all these people they have children hungry children are we're gonna it's hard to keep your distance when you're cold and hungry politicians say that it was a level this coronavirus it's a lie because if you're poor you've got no chance it's during the pasta break and all thoughts in here it's really hard to get food for myself because i've got much money only and i can't go out anywhere a couple of days food is mean everything to us every time you get any money it disappears as fast as you've got it with the coronavirus as well with the reduction in wages it's not easy to call so this means you can eat yes yeah you can eat and it helps out wherever you're stuck chocolate i think they've all got chocolate and all this is laid on by pastor mike the knee's massive absolutely colossal this is the church i represent the level of need here in burnley at the moment is i think unprecedented and it's upsetting we got some some bread as well yeah for too many the legacy of coronavirus is not only sickness but desperation visiting a family who had no carpet had no city who had no gas i had no electric they had no food i broke my heart because um nobody cared for them they fell through the crack pot noodles that kind of stuff all right i go into houses and i sometimes have children ripping the bags off them to get out the food as i'm carrying them to the door and it's not all right though that's not all right and it wasn't as bad as that before the virus the biggest part of coronavirus has been the loneliness most days pastor mick helps people like viv she's 55.

Keep trying to cause myself to eat i'd stop eating emperor about a week i just ended up collapsing on my bathroom floor living in isolation became too much it's just where i brought it all back i lost my husband i buried two of my babies i gave birth to a mile i wanted them to do and cry and they didn't cry yeah no mother has to go through that the coronavirus brought all this yes brought every moment back to me when you collapse what went through your mind just let me go let me you know my number must be up i thought my time were up and pastor meg says he's hearing more and more of these stories we're trying to fetch a bit of hope to people's lives the unfairness of health deprivation i feel angry because people aren't listening what has coronavirus meant for your care he stopped him i'm supposed to have a blood test done once a month for my council account nobody's been undone it six months i don't want to be a dream of the system that's already dying because i'm already dying we can't do nothing to help we've just got to sit back and watch it there's not many people lose their child and there's even less that lose two the first lady of our food bank came and um she brought down the daughter had killed herself we pray you have to try and find words without their support what would have happened to you me i'd probably be where my daughter is now but where i probably would have took me on that it worked then together they're the hope for thousands through this crisis do you know it's um you carry carry people's burns you try to tell them that it's it's all right this is so upsetting that was father alex frost ending that report there by our special correspondent ed thomas

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