A further 740 hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing the total to 12,396, according to figures released today by Public Health England.
Of the 740 new deaths announced today: 151 occurred on April 15, 314 occurred on April 14, 122 occurred on April 13.
The figures also show 143 of the deaths took place between April 1 and April 12, and the remaining 10 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 9.
NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including new deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago. This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem tests to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the total number of people who have died – it’s the number of people who have died in hospital having contracted coronavirus that have been included in today’s publicly released figures by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
Many hospitals will not report deaths that happened over the weekend until the middle of the following week. The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
Also announced today, Covid-19 was the third most frequent underlying cause of death for deaths in England and Wales occurring in March, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease was the underlying cause of death in the most deaths for the month (6,401 – the equivalent of 130 deaths per 100,000 people), and which accounted for 14% of all deaths in March.
This was followed by ischaemic heart diseases, with 4,042 deaths (83 per 100,000 people), which accounted for 9% of the total.
Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death in 3,372 deaths: the equivalent of 69 per 100,000 people. It accounted for 7% of all deaths in England and Wales in March.
Analysis by the Office for National Statistics also shows that of the deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred in England and Wales in March 2020, there was at least one pre-existing condition in 91% of cases.
Some 9% of deaths had no pre-existing conditions.
Ischaemic heart disease was the most common main pre-existing condition, and was involved in 541 deaths – 14% of all deaths involving Covid-19.
This was followed by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (531 deaths), chronic lower respiratory diseases (495 deaths) and influenza and pneumonia (415 deaths).
In other coronavirus-related news:
- An intensive care nurse has been left devastated after finding her car window had been smashed as she finished a 72-hour week at hospital. Read the full story here.
- More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed in Staffordshire – as the local hospital death toll topped 100. Read the full story here.
- French scientists have discovered a new sign that shows you could have the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19, even if you don’t show other symptoms. Read the full story here.
- The family of a ‘bubbly’ and ‘caring’ Stoke-on-Trent great-grandfather have spoken of their grief after losing him to coronavirus. Read the full story here.
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