Coronavirus death distributions – has anything changed?

Today I was wondering whether much had changed since I had a look at some of the initial coronavirus death distributions back in, perhaps, April.

When looking at the age groups of people who “who have died in hospitals in England and either tested positive for COVID-19 [or where] COVID-19 was mentioned on their death certificate” (emphasis added) until mid August 2020 the total numbers for young people are still very low.1

Age group (years) n
Total 29,452
0 – 19 20
20 – 39 212
40 – 59 2,288
60 – 79 11,197
80 15,735

However there was quite a perceptible spike for the excess death rate of the group of 15-44 years across 22 European countries.2

Most of these probably had a pre-existing condition, as this NHS data3 running up to mid July shows:

Age group Yes (cond.) No
Total 27,767 1,379
0 – 19 yrs 16 4
20 – 39 177 33
40 – 59 1,993 265
60 – 79 10,499 569
80 15,082 508

Of these conditions, diabetes is by far the most common, associated with 26% of deaths.4 This rightly raises interest in the lifestyle and environmental factors contributing to diabetes.


  1. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/ ↩︎
  2. Source: https://perma.cc/7XZP-CTBA ↩︎
  3. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/ ↩︎
  4. https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/COVID-19-total-announced-deaths-13-August-2020-weekly-file.xlsx ↩︎

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