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Brexit Heartlands Pay the Highest Price for Coronavirus

Four charts show how Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to “level up” the country just got harder.

A woman passes closed stores in Leeds, U.K.

A woman passes closed stores in Leeds, U.K.

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/AFP via Getty Images

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The Brexit-supporting regions that propelled Prime Minister Boris Johnson into power are now being disproportionately hit by coronavirus and will bear the brunt of the economic fallout. 

Outside London, the northwest and northeast of England are experiencing the highest death rates. The “Red Wall” of traditionally Labour-voting districts that defected to Johnson’s Conservatives is also set to face a downturn twice as profound as the richest areas mainly around London.