According to official figures, almost 13 times more people over 60 have died from the coronavirus in English hospitals than in younger age groups.
Data from the NHS England shows that on January 14 there were 56,000 Covid deaths in people over 60, but only 4,500 in people over 60.
The grim numbers underscore how the disease preys on the elderly, while for much younger people it causes a mild infection that can clear up in about a week.
Ministers are already under pressure not to extend the third lockdown too much. Boris Johnson has said the current shutdown will not be lifted until it is safe to do so, and some say the government could begin relaxing measures as early as Feb. 15 if all 14 million vulnerable are vaccinated.
The analysis of the data comes after Britain recorded the pandemic’s deadliest day for the second day in a row after health bosses announced 1,820 more victims. But the official daily toll does not take into account the age of the victims.
And a government-backed study today threw a spanner in the works by suggesting that England’s current blockade cannot curb the spread of the virus. Imperial College London’s REACT-1 study, published last night, tested 142,000 people across England with a mop between January 6 and 15 – the first 10 days of the lockdown – and found that 1.6 percent of them were positive .
Data from the NHS England shows that on January 14, 56,000 Covid deaths were recorded in people over 60 – but only 4,500 in people over 60
Official figures show that 92 percent of all Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic are in the over-60s. Above are ambulances at the Royal London Hospital
VK records its deadliest day of the pandemic for the second day in a row with 1,820 more victims
Boris Johnson warned today ‘there are more Covid deaths to come’ after Britain recorded the deadliest day of the pandemic for the second day in a row with 1,820 additional victims.
The prime minister called the figure ‘terrible’ because the UK’s total toll got closer to the grim milestone of 100.00.
Data from the Department of Health shows that there will be nearly 20,000 deaths by 2021, an increase of 16 percent from the 1,243 recorded last Wednesday. Health bosses declared 1,610 dead yesterday.
Despite the grim numbers, the statistics also showed that the second wave continues to fade due to lockdown. Another 38,905 cases of coronavirus were recorded today, down 18 percent from last Wednesday’s 47,525.
But Mr. Johnson warned of “difficult weeks ahead” in the pandemic. He said, “These numbers are terrible, and of course we think of the suffering each of those deaths means for their families and for their friends.
“I have to tell you … there is more to come because what we’re seeing is the result of the wave of the new variety that we saw just before Christmas on December 18, or thereabouts.”
Deaths are a few weeks behind infections because of the time it takes between getting and becoming seriously ill with Covid, meaning the effects of the January shutdown may not be felt in death rates until next week.
The striking statistics published yesterday show that 92 percent of all fatalities from the virus since the start of the pandemic are responsible for people over 60.
And of these 60 percent, in the 1980s, or 34,786 deaths, were the highest number recorded in any age group.
Those between the ages of 60 and 79 had the second highest death toll, with 23,886.
But for those between the ages of 40 and 59, there were 4,219 deaths from the virus and only 431 between the ages of 0 and 39.
Data from researchers and official agencies showed that the death rates of Covid-19 among the youth were low when the pandemic first struck in the spring, and that they are still lower despite concerns over adolescents, vacationers and protesters living in the spread summer infections.
Cancer consultant Professor Karol Sikora said earlier: “In general, it is not the disease of a younger, especially healthy youth.
‘But they pay the social price in terms of education, university and social activities, and one day they pay the bill because the elderly are not there.
‘It’s a question of balance and we are not well off. It’s really important that we don’t throw all the resources at Covid. ‘
Britain recorded a record 1,820 deaths from Covid-19 yesterday, as the prime minister warned that ‘more’ fatalities will follow.
Data from the Department of Health shows there will be nearly 20,000 fatalities by 2021, up 16 percent yesterday from the 1,243 recorded last Wednesday.
But despite the grim numbers, statistics also showed that the second wave continues to fade due to lockdown. Another 38,905 cases of coronavirus were recorded today, down 18 percent from last Wednesday’s 47,525.
The REACT study published today has also suggested that tighter restrictions on Britons’ lives may be needed, after suggesting infections did not fall within the first ten days of closure.
The numbers, which run counter to a wealth of other research showing that cases are starting to decline, are appreciated by government ministers.
A random smear of 142,000 people conducted by Imperial College between January 6 and 15 found ‘no evidence’ of a decrease in the number of cases, showing instead that 1.58 percent of people in England were in that period of 10 days was infected with Covid-19 – the equivalent of nearly 900,000 people.
Experts also estimate that the national R rate is 1.04, meaning the epidemic is still growing in size and the pressure on hospitals will continue to increase.