Please provide the number of deaths where the sole cause of death was COVID-19 with no underlying medical health issues.
Please also provide the number of people who have died from with no underlying health conditions.
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We are responsible for the provision of mortality statistics for England and Wales. Our leading causes of death groupings are based on a list developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). This categorises causes of death using the International Classification of Diseases, tenth edition (ICD-10) into groups that are epidemiologically more meaningful than single ICD-10 codes, for the purpose of comparing the most common causes of death in the population.
In the following publication: Deaths involving COVID-19, England and Wales: deaths occurring in April 2020, there were 33,841 deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) that occurred between 1 March and 30 April 2020 registered up to 5 May 2020 in England and Wales; of these, 32,143 (95.0%) had COVID-19 assigned as the underlying cause of death.
Of the 33,841 deaths that occurred in March and April 2020 involving COVID-19 in England and Wales, 30,577 (90.4%) had at least one pre-existing condition, while 3,264 (9.6%) had none.
The most common main pre-existing condition in England and Wales was Dementia and Alzheimer disease, with 6,887 deaths (20.4% of all deaths involving COVID-19).
Ischaemic heart diseases is now the second most common main pre-existing condition across all ages and sexes in England and Wales, with 3,647 deaths (10.8% of all deaths involving COVID-19 in March and April 2020).
Our accompanying methodology article may also be of interest to you: Measuring pre-existing health conditions in death certification – deaths involving COVID-19.