/UK death toll passes 32,000 as 210 die from coronavirus

UK death toll passes 32,000 as 210 die from coronavirus


Staff at Glasgow Children's Hospital have come together to decorate their visors with fun and cartoon in an attempt to cheer up their young patients during the pandemic. See SWNS story SWSCvisors. Creative NHS staff put their heads together to make cheerful visors with cartoon characters to keep patients' spirits up in a children's hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns had been raised that children being cared for in Glasgow Children's Hospital would struggle to comprehend why the doctors and nurses whose faces they are familiar with were suddenly wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). And with many long-term child patients suffering from compromised immune systems as a result of serious illnesses, staff have been very aware of the need for PPE - as well as the dramatic change in routine for kids. Nursing staff approached colleagues who usually make prosthetic limbs, to see if their skills could be put to use.
Staff at Glasgow Children’s Hospital have decorated their visors with fun and cartoon to cheer up their young patients (Picture: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)

The coronavirus death toll has reached 32,065 after another 210 people died across the UK, the Department of Health (DoH) has confirmed.

The updated total includes fatalities in care homes and the wider community, but death figures do tend to drop on Monday due to delays in fatalities being registered over the weekend.

The DoH recorded a total of 100,490 daily coronavirus tests today, which is the first time in nine days the Government has successfully reached its 100,000 test target.

More than 1.4 million people have now been tested for coronavirus, with 223,060 testing positive, the DoH said.

The latest figures emerged after Office for National Statistics revealed security guards, taxi drivers and chefs are at the occupations most at risk of dying from coronavirus.

The ONS found the three occupations had the highest rate of Covid-19 deaths among men, and were significantly higher than doctors and nurses.

Care workers, home carers, bus drivers, and retail workers were also among the worst affected occupations with significantly higher death rates than the rest of the population.

However, the ONS data surprisingly showed healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, did not have a higher Covid-19 death rate than the general population.


w8media A very busy London Underground this morning with people all heading back to work at canary wharf station, the carriage was packed to capacity with very little social distancing or wearing of masks or gloves
Transport for London (TfL) has advised that all passengers wear face masks when using buses and trains in the capital (Picture: w8media)

The figures are based on an analysis of the 2,494 registered deaths involving coronavirus among workers aged 20 to 64 in England and Wales up to and including April 20.

Nearly two-thirds of these deaths – 1,612 – were among men, with a significantly higher death rate of 9.9 per 100,000, compared with 5.2 deaths per 100,000 females.

Among men, security guards had the highest Covid-19 death rate, with 45.7 deaths per 100,000 (63 deaths). Taxi drivers and chauffeurs had a rate of 36.4 (76 deaths) and chefs a rate of 35.9 (31 deaths).

The ONS also found low-skilled workers in construction had a high rate of 25.9 deaths per 100,000 males, which comes less than 24 hours after Boris Johnson said people who work in construction and manufacturing should return to work this week.

People working in social care, including care workers and home carers, have ‘significantly’ higher death rates involving Covid-19 than the working population as a whole, the ONS found.

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For male social care workers in England and Wales, the rate of death involving Covid-19 is estimated to be 23.4 deaths per 100,000 males, while for female social care workers the figure is 9.6.

For female workers, the ONS did not identify any specific jobs with raised rates of death involving Covid-19, instead highlighting only one broad group where the Covid-19 mortality rate was significantly higher than other women: caring, leisure and other service occupations.

The ONS said its analysis ‘does not prove conclusively that the observed rates of death involving Covid-19 are necessarily caused by differences in occupational exposure’.

It said the researchers had adjusted the data for age, but not for other factors such as ethnic group or place of residence. The findings could change as more deaths are registered, the ONS added.

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