CORONAVIRUS hotspots in the borough of Swindon are unchanged from a month ago.

Wroughton, Wichelstowe and Chiseldon have still had more deaths linked to Covid-19 than anywhere else in Swindon.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show 26 people with the virus died in those villages between March and June.

At the other end of the scale, two areas around the town had just one recorded death – the Parks and Roughmoor. This is the lowest of Swindon’s 27 areas.

Royal Wootton Bassett is still the hardest-hit single area in the Wiltshire Council area, with 22 people who tested positive for the disease dying between March and June.

In these cases, coronavirus was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor. Meanwhile three of the county’s 62 areas had no recorded deaths.

In Swindon, 166 people have died since the start of the pandemic, including seven deaths linked to coronavirus in June.

In Wiltshire, 362 people have died since the disease hit the UK, including 25 deaths linked to Covid-19 last month.

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 national figures highlight the extreme inequalities that affect so many people.

Head of communications Sara Willcocks 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.”

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.

He added: “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.”