Coronavirus data news: Highest Covid-19 death toll professions as lockdown continues | UK | News (Reports)


Whilst Britain is currently in its third national lockdown the impact is not being evenly felt, with customer facing and care workers suffering disproportionate death tolls.

However the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data also concluded the death toll experienced by secondary schools teachers was similar to the national average.

Teachers unions have been demanding they are treated as a priority for Covid-19 vaccines so schools are able to reopen safely.

The data covers nearly 8,000 people who died after a positive coronavirus test between March 9 and December 28 2020.

The UK has recorded more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other European country.

According to the Daily Mirror “Bakers and flour confectioners” have the highest death toll amongst men, with 715.6 per 100,000.

This is followed by pub staff, police officers, cleaners, care home staff and hospitality employees.

In total 15 men working in the baking and flour confection industry have died with the virus, averaging at 715.6 per hundred.

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This compares to 107, or 110 per 100,000, for those employed as care workers.

For women the most dangerous profession is working as a sewing machinist, with this group reporting 64.8 deaths per 100,000 employees.

This is followed by care home workers, hairdressers, chefs and social workers.

Ben Humberstone, the ONS’ head of health analysis, argued the result show those working close to others or around Covid massively increases the risk.

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said: “Jobs with regular exposure to Covid-19 and those working in close proximity to others continue to have higher Covid-19 death rates when compared with the rest of the working age population.

“Men continue to have higher rates of death than women, making up nearly two-thirds of these deaths.

“There are a complex combination of factors that influence the risk of death, from your age and your ethnicity, where you live and who you live with, to pre-existing health conditions.

“Our findings do not prove that the rates of death involving Covid-19 are caused by differences in occupational exposure.”

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