England and Wales have so far recorded more than 12,000 hospital deaths from the coronavirus, but official data has shown that the true number of deaths is much higher when deaths in the community , like nursing homes, are included.
The National Statistics Office (ONS) analysis of all deaths recorded so far in March revealed that 8% of cases involved a coronavirus, making it the third underlying cause of death after dementia and Alzheimer’s and coronary heart disease.
Of the 3,912 deaths from coronavirus, it was determined to be the underlying cause of death in 86% of the cases.
Just over 90% of those who died had at least one pre-existing health condition, with coronary heart disease being the most common. The death rate among men from the coronavirus was double that of women, the ONS said.
The data also showed that the mortality rate increased significantly in each age group 55 and over in men and 65 and over in women. One in five deaths is in the 80 to 84 age group, and there are no deaths in the under 14 age group (Report by Kylie MacLellan; edited by Guy Faulconbridge)