20/04/2020 13:55 BST | Updated 20/04/2020 16:35 BST

Coronavirus Deaths In UK Increase By 449 In 24 Hours

It is now 10 days since the UK's highest single-day increase: 980 coronavirus-linked deaths were added to the total in 24 hours on April 10.

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The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after contracting coronavirus has risen by 449 in 24 hours.

It brings the working total to 16,509 – an increase of 3% on yesterday’s total of 16,060. But most of that increase consists of people whose deaths occurred days ago and are only now being reported. Here’s a quick primer on what all the different numbers mean and how to understand them.

Of the people who died in England, 15 had no underlying health conditions. The victims were aged 40 to 101. Some 84 of them actually died yesterday, with the remainder dying over the preceding month. 

It is now 10 days since the UK’s highest single-day increase: 980 coronavirus-linked deaths were added to the total in 24 hours on April 10.

Work continues at a drive-through coronavirus testing facility which is to open at Twickenham Stadium, in south-west London, as part of the government's UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

For the first time, a breakdown of ethnicity for some of those who have died was also released – following criticism that the impact on minority groups was being masked by a lack of data.

Figures from NHS England, using data up to 5pm on April 17, show that – of 13,918 patients in hospitals in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 at time of death – 73.6% were of white ethnicity, 16.2% were from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and 0.7% had mixed ethnicity.

The remaining 9.5% had no stated or identifiable ethnicity.

The 16.2% figure for BAME ethnicity breaks down as:

  • Indian 3.0%
  • Pakistani 2.1%
  • Bangladeshi 0.6%
  • Any other Asian background 1.6%
  • Caribbean 2.9%
  • African 1.9%
  • Any other black background 0.9%
  • Chinese 0.4%
  • Any other ethnic group 2.8%.

It comes after a smaller study found that a third of UK coronavirus patients were from minority backgrounds.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story, published before the Department of Health and Social Care released its figures on Monday, reported that recorded deaths over 24 hours in England, Scotland and Wales had totalled 450; this was based on individual reports from the three devolved authorities, all of which use slightly different time periods and methodologies from the central government statisticians.