Less than 10% of coronavirus deaths reported in working population


Analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Monday reported a total of 2,494 deaths or 9% of deaths involving the coronavirus were in the working age population (those aged 20 to 64 years in England and Wales) up to and including 20 April 2020.

Of these deaths, 65% were among men with the rate of death involving COVID-19 being statistically higher in males, with 9.9 deaths per 100,000 compared with 5.2 deaths per 100,000 females (882 deaths).

The major group with the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 was Elementary workers with 21.4 deaths per 100,000 males (225 deaths). The occupations in this group include those performing mostly routine tasks, such as construction workers and cleaners.

Men working as security guards, taxi drivers, bus and coach drivers, chefs and retail assistants also had elevated rates of deaths when compared with the rate among those whose death involved coronavirus of the same age and sex in the general population.

Men and women working in social care, a group including care workers and home carers, both had significantly raised rates of death involving COVID-19, with rates of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 males (45 deaths) and 9.6 deaths per 100,000 females (86 deaths).

However, other healthcare workers, including those with jobs such as doctors and nurses, were not found to have higher rates of death involving COVID-19.

Among women, only those working in care, leisure and other service occupations had a rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 females, equivalent to 130 deaths.