Most disadvantaged areas of Sydney suffer twice as many Covid cases as rest of city
These areas not only contain large numbers of essential workers, an analysis of census data also shows a large number of workers in jobs that involve a lot of contact with other people, such as nursing, retail and childcare.
This outbreak’s hotspot LGAs – mainly in south-west Sydney – have also had the most cases throughout the entire pandemic.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (Irsad) was used to classify local government areas into four groups, or quartiles. Irsad summarises a range of information about the economic and social conditions including income, education, and employment.