ONS figures have revealed the mortality rate for COVID-19 in the most deprived areas of England was double the rate in the least deprived.
Reacting to the news from the Office of National Statistics, Layla Moran said: "These stark figures have exposed a shameful postcode lottery, with more deprived areas suffering the most from the impact of Covid-19.
The analysis found that In England, the age-standardised mortality rate of deaths involving COVID-19 in the most deprived areas was 128.3 deaths per 100,000 population; this was more than double the mortality rate in the least deprived areas (58.8 deaths per 100,000).
Layla said: "The poorest and most vulnerable in our society have paid the biggest price for the government's failures, from lack of PPE to the delay to lockdown. We need an urgent inquiry into what went wrong so that lessons can be learnt ahead of a potential second wave. This needs to consider why more deprived areas have been so badly affected and what can be done to better protect them."