A quarter of COVID-19 patients who died in England had diabetes

A patient is brought into Kings College hospital by ambulance staff in London, Britain. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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A quarter of people who died with coronavirus in hospitals in England had diabetes, officials say.

People with dementia or lung problems are also among those most at risk of dying after contracting COVID-19, according to new NHS figures.

It is the first time NHS England has published a breakdown of deaths by pre-existing conditions.

Statistics from NHS England show that of the 22,332 people who died since 31 March, 5,873 (26%) of them were diabetic.

The breakdown of those who had type 1 and type 2 has not been released. According to diabetes.co.uk 6% of the UK population is diabetic.

Also, 18% of people who died after testing positive for COVID-19 – 4,048 deaths – had dementia as an underlying health condition and 15% (3,254 deaths) had chronic pulmonary disease.

Some 14% (3,214 deaths) had chronic kidney disease as an underlying health issue.

Read more via Sky News

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