Just 377 people aged under-60 with no underlying health conditions have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic, NHS data has showed.
The figures show that 1,911 previously healthy people died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19 between April 2 and December 23.
Just 338 of these people were aged 40 to 59, with another 44 aged between 20 and 39, and just six under the age of 19, according to the data.
Meanwhile 45,770 deaths were recorded among those with pre-existing conditions of which 21 were aged 0 to 19 years old, 263 were between 20 and 39 and 2,926 were aged between 40 and 59.
The data, which was recorded up until December 23, stated 1,911 people had died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19. Pictured: Health worker on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside
Former Brexit MEP Claire Fox tweeted that the statistics are ‘tragic’ but restrictions should be eased because people think that the ‘virus [is a] mortal threat for all’.
She tweeted on Saturday: ‘Only 377 people under 60 without preexisting conditions have died of COVID in Eng. Tragic but when I’ve stated this as fact, often disbelieved.
‘Such is fear, people think far more, that virus mortal threat for all. IMO restrictions on ALL can mean less focus on those most at risk.’
Pre-existing health conditions include terminal illnesses such as cancer and heart disease but also include diabetes and obesity.
MP for Harborough Neil O’Brien argued: ‘The below is wrong at several levels. In England and Wales, 65,000 aged 65+ have died with it, plus over 7,400 working age people.
‘Many had prior medical conditions, but we don’t hold their lives to be valueless because Britain isn’t a fascist state.’
A further 301 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in England and Wales, public health bodies have confirmed.
There were 231 deaths in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 48,542, NHS England said on Sunday.
Patients were aged between 30 and 103. All except five, aged between 36 and 85, had known underlying health conditions.
A further 301 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in England and Wales, public health bodies have confirmed
The deaths were between December 9 and 26.
There were 10 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Another 70 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 4,000 new positive cases have been identified.
Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on December 27 show 4,142 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 139,642
The overall death total now stands at 3,368 in Wales.