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Coronavirus: The 50 parts of the UK with the highest proportion of over-70s

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
An elderly man walks in St James's Park, London, the day after Boris Johnson put the UK under emergency lockdown restrictions. (PA)

People over the age of 70 are among those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, along with those suffering from existing health conditions and pregnant people.

All three groups have been urged by the government to be particularly stringent in following social distancing guidelines.

Around 1.5 million “extremely vulnerable” people are also being asked to go further and stay at home for an extended period, including many over-70s.

There are 17 local authority areas where at least one in five of the population are likely to be 70 or over, with North Norfolk (24.3%), Rother (24.0%) and East Devon (22.6%) topping the list.

Supermarkets have set up dedicated times for elderly customers to shop. (PA)

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These communities are at risk of coming under added pressure as they try to protect their most vulnerable during the outbreak.

The 50 local authority areas in the UK with the highest estimated proportion of population aged 70 and over:

1 North Norfolk 24.3%

2 Rother 24.0%

3 East Devon 22.6%

4 Tendring 22.0%

5 New Forest 21.7%

6 Arun 21.6%

7 East Lindsey 21.4%

8 Dorset 21.2%

9 South Lakeland 20.6%

= Malvern Hills 20.6%

11 Fylde 20.4%

= Wyre 20.4%

= Conwy 20.4%

14 Isle of Wight 20.3%

= Chichester 20.3%

Brits have been told to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis. (PA)

16 South Hams 20.1%

17 East Suffolk 20.0%

18 West Devon 19.9%

19 Craven 19.5%

= Scarborough 19.5%

= Torbay 19.5%

22 Derbyshire Dales 19.4%

= Powys 19.4%

24 Ryedale 19.2%

= Wealden 19.2%

= Isles of Scilly 19.2%

= Torridge 19.2%

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28 Babergh 19.1%

= Teignbridge 19.1%

30 Eden 19.0%

= Broadland 19.0%

= King's Lynn & West Norfolk 19.0%

= Lewes 19.0%

34 Hambleton 18.9%

= Stratford-on-Avon 18.9%

= Eastbourne 18.9%

37 Castle Point 18.7%

= Cotswold 18.7%

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39 East Riding of Yorkshire 18.6%

= North Devon 18.6%

= Somerset West & Taunton 18.6%

= Isle of Anglesey 18.6%

= Pembrokeshire 18.6%

44 Rutland 18.2%

= Breckland 18.2%

= South Somerset 18.2%

= Dumfries & Galloway 18.2%

= Na h-Eileanan Siar 18.2%

49 Argyll & Bute 18.1%

50 Monmouthshire 18.0%

= South Ayrshire 18.0%