COVID-19 was the underlying cause of more deaths in the U.K. in 2020 than any other infectious or parasitic diseases since 1918, according to a report published Monday by the Office for National Statistics.
More than 140,000 people have died in the U.K. with COVID-19 as the underlying cause or a contributory cause on their death certificates, according to the ONS. This includes more than 73,500 people in England and Wales.
By way of comparison, almost 4,400 deaths from other infectious or parasitic diseases were registered in 2020.
This is the highest number of deaths from infectious or parasitic diseases since 1918, when there were just over 89,900 such deaths registered in England and Wales, the ONS points out.
It also far exceeds the last known serious wave of infectious or parasitic diseases in 2007, when England was hard hit with Clostridium difficile, a bacterial inflammation of the colon. That year, there were nearly 8,200 deaths from infectious and parasitic diseases in England and Wales.
In addition, the report found that the number of adults in critical care in hospitals due to COVID-19 was far higher than previous winters. In the last week of January 2021, more than 5,000 adult critical care beds a day were occupied in hospitals in England, compared with around 3,000 a day in the same week in 2020.
While the number of adults in critical care fell in February 2021, it was still higher than any February over the previous decade.
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