The most deprived parts of England and Wales have been hit twice as hard by coronavirus as wealthier areas, the Office for National Statistics said.
Urban areas were markedly worse affected than rural areas.
And London had significantly more deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 people than any other region.
Mortality rates are “normally higher in more deprived areas” and coronavirus appeared to be “increasing this effect”, an ONS statistician said.
In England, once you adjust for the age of population, there were 128 deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the population in the most deprived areas.
The least deprived areas saw less than half that rate (60 deaths per 100,000) in March, April and May.