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Death rate for coronavirus patients in intensive care increases to more than 51%

An alarming study on critical care in the United Kingdom has revealed that the death rate for coronavirus patients admitted to intensive care stands at 51 per cent.

The worrying report released by Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) used a sample of 3,883 patients with coronavirus.

It shows that out of 1,689 patients, whose care outcome was known, 871 (51.6%) died and 818 were discharged.

A total of 2194 patients were last reported as still receiving critical care.

It also found that men were more likely to die compared to women and the most at risk age group was 70-79.

More than half of the patients in critical care had to be mechanically ventilated in the first 24 hours.

NHS workers in PPE on the frontline (Image: Getty Images)

The largest number of Covid-19 patients remains in London, with 1,428 being managed by three London Operational Delivery Networks – the system of co-ordinating patient care across the city.

The grim findings comes as the UK saw its deadliest day in the outbreak so far yesterday, with an increase of 980 recorded in 24 hours.

Today the UK recorded an increase of 918-recorded deaths, bringing the total deaths to 9,875.

The study recorded coronavirus figures in 284 NHS critical care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as of 4pm on April 9.

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It states: “According to the study, the data shows that: “Of the 3,883 patients, 871 patients have died, 818 patients have been discharged alive from critical care and 2,194 patients were last reported as still receiving critical care.”

Of the 871 patients to die, 53.6 per cent were male, and 46.3 per cent were female.

The largest number of deaths were among those aged 70-79 at 298, followed by the 60-69 group, with 273 reported.

A total of 78 patients died over 80, 149 patients were between 50-59, 46 were between 40-49 and 31 patients died between 16-39.

The average mean age of those taken to intensive care was 59.8 years.


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