Graphic shows deaths in England and Wales involving Covid-19 among major occupation groups.


Low-skilled men suffer highest Covid-19 fatalities in England and Wales

May 12, 2020 - Men in low-skilled jobs have the highest rates of death from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) among working-age people, according to figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Monday’s official figures were published after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that manufacturing and construction workers should be encouraged to go back to their jobs, drawing concern from trade union groups, Reuters reported.

Men in low-skilled occupations suffered 21.4 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 – more than double the average for working-age males, according to the ONS figures.

ONS analysed 2,494 Covid-19 deaths from the working population in England and Wales up to and including April 20, 2020.

Nearly two-thirds of the deaths were men compared to women.

Male security guards, taxi drivers and chauffeurs, bus drivers, chefs and construction workers were among those most at risk, the research found.

PUBLISHED: 12/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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