NHS England gives breakdown of coronavirus fatalities and underlying health conditions

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A quarter of patients who died of coronavirus in UK hospitals had diabetes, according to a breakdown of underlying conditions published by NHS England.

And figures show of the 22,332 fatalities since March 31, when this sort of data was recorded, 25 per cent had diabetes, a fifth had dementia, 15 per cent had COPD, while just five per cent had no pre-existing health problems.

Diabetes affects an estimated one in 16 people in the UK, and doctors say diabetics would have a better chance against the virus if they manage their condition properly.

The government’s official deathtoll shows a total of 33,614 people have died of coronavirus in the UK, including 24,100 in hospitals in England.

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