More than nine in ten deaths from coronavirus in England were over the age of 60, figures have revealed.
Five children under the age of 20 (0.07%) died of the infection. People aged 20 to 39 accounted for 0.7% of deaths and 40 to 59% 7%.
NHS England data reveals that the remaining 92% killed by Covid-19 were over the age of 60, 40% between the ages of 60 and 79, and 52% over the age of 80.
Nearly 6,500 people in England died from the disease, as well as 222 in Scotland, 212 in Wales and 70 in Northern Ireland.
Anyone can get the killer virus, but how it affects the body depends greatly on the individual’s age and health.
Global data continues to show that people with underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, are at greater risk of death.
Figures show that 92% of coronavirus victims in England were over 60 – 40% between 60 and 79 and 52% over 80
Yesterday, 828 other people who tested positive for coronavirus died in England alone, most in a single 24-hour period.
The patients were between 22 and 103 years old, the NHS England said in a statement.
Forty-six victims, between the ages of 35 and 96, were not known to have underlying health conditions – a predisposition to worse outcomes.
Of all the deaths in England, the vast majority concern people over the age of 60.
There are many reasons why older adults find it difficult to fight the virus.
The likelihood of having chronic health conditions increases dramatically with age, with four in five over the age of 65 living with at least one underlying health problem.
Elderly people also have a weaker immune system, a natural side effect of aging body. This makes them more vulnerable to serious infections of all types.
Only five people under the age of 20 died from coronavirus in the UK, including Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, and Luca Di Nicola, 19, of Italian origin, who did not appear to have any pre-existing health conditions.
Scientists have warned that young, healthy people are no exception to the coronavirus and can be hospitalized with serious complications. But death is unlikely.
The total number of deaths per day for the whole of the United Kingdom is approaching 1,000, the highest number – 938 – having been announced only yesterday.
New infections also increased from the highest figure in three days – 5,491 – bringing the total to 60,773. Over 80% of cases are in England.
Britain’s daily death toll is worse than that of Italy
The surge in yesterday’s deaths – in 938 – saw Britain surpassing Italy’s deadliest day on March 27, when officials in Rome recorded 919 new deaths among hospital patients.
However, the same day, an area revealed that it had missed 50 dead.
However, Italy added the 50 “missing” deaths to the figures from the day before (March 26), so the official figure for March 27 (the highest in Italy) is 919.
Spain recorded 950 deaths in hospital on April 2, but deaths have declined in recent days.
But the numbers are overshadowed by the United States, which is hammered by the virus with more than 400,000 cases.
He recorded 1,799 deaths yesterday, raising fears that he would soon exceed 2,000 a day.
The death toll is expected to be high several times in the coming days as the peak of the virus hits Britain.
The number of intensive care patients in Britain has increased by 52% in the past seven days, according to government data.
However, there are improvements – hospitalizations have only increased by 4% in the past 24 hours, suggesting stabilization.
Experts were quick to point out that the high number of deaths per day does not mean that the national closure is not working.
Jon Cohen, professor emeritus of infectious diseases, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: “It is obviously terribly disappointing to see another jump in the number of patients who have unfortunately died from this infection, even if in reality this reflects what the ‘We could expect from the planned trajectory of the epidemic.
“The main concern, however, is the risk that it will be perceived by the public as a” failure “of the social distancing regime, and in particular with the approach of the holiday weekend, as a reason to pay less attention government advice. “
There is a gap between the number of new cases decreasing and the number of deaths decreasing from ten days to two weeks.
Many of the deaths reported every afternoon occurred days or weeks ago, and many of those who died within the past 24 hours will not be counted in the figures for the coming days or weeks.
Figures show how the number of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has stabilized in the past four days
Graphs show how the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK compares to figures from other countries, including Italy
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF DEATH ONCE A PATIENT IN INTENSIVE CARE?
Two-thirds of UK coronavirus patients who need a ventilator will die from the disease, suggest official NHS data.
A report from the National Critical Care Research and Audit Center (ICNARC) found that ventilated patients succumb to the virus 66.3% of the time.
This is double the mortality rate of non-viral patients who were put on respiratory assistance between 2017 and 2019, before the epidemic.
The ICNARC report examined the first 775 patients who fell seriously ill with COVID-19 in 285 intensive care units.
Of the 98 patients who required advanced respiratory assistance when their lungs started to fail, only 33 patients survived (34%).
“The truth is that many of these individuals [in critical care] are going to die anyway and there is a fear that we will break them down just for fun, for the sake of doing something for them, even if it will not be effective. It’s a concern, “said a doctor to the Guardian.
The report disaggregated the risk of death from coronavirus by age, unsurprisingly over 70s being the group most at risk.
Patients in this age group die 73% of the time if they become seriously ill after contracting the disease.
For critically ill patients aged 50 to 69, the mortality rate is just over 40%. And a quarter of those over 16 succumb to the disease, according to the figures.
Rowland Kao, a professor of veterinary epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Most of the deaths today are due to infections that occurred before the blockages were put in place.
“With some delays in reporting, we have yet to see all of the effects of the lockdown. “
Today more than ever, it is a crucial time to stick with the lockdowns implemented almost four weeks ago, officials said.
Birmingham has become England’s hotspot for deaths and cases. Unfortunately, 306 people have died from COVID-19 at the University Hospitals NHS Trust so far, and nearly 1,500 cases have been diagnosed.
Next come six London NHS trusts with a total of 987 deaths between them.
London has 14,355 cases of diagnosed coronavirus, most of the NHS regions. But individual districts don’t have as many cases as Birmingham.
Studies around the world have identified patients most at risk of serious illness or death if they catch the coronavirus.
Men appear to account for up to three-quarters of deaths, which scientists have attributed to differences in behavior – men are more likely to drink or smoke – or to biological factors.
Data from China shows that people with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are more likely to die.
However, this information has not yet been collected for the United Kingdom.
Data from NHS England shows that coronavirus patients from black and ethnic minorities may be at higher risk for life-threatening complications.
Although it only represents 13% of the UK population, a third of patients who fall seriously ill with COVID-19 are from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BME) groups.
Although it only represents 13% of the UK population, a report from the National Critical Care Research and Audit Center found that one third of patients who fall seriously ill with COVID-19 are groups Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BME).
Some 14% were Asian, 14% black and 7% described themselves as others.
The study of 2,249 patients raised concerns that non-white communities could suffer a disproportionate number of deaths during the pandemic.
These trends are believed to be due to the fact that members of ethnic minority communities are twice as likely to be affected by poverty.
Those living in poverty smoke and drink more alcohol and are more likely to be obese – which increases the likelihood of chronic health problems.