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Diabetes: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49568, tabled on 20 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the deaths associated with covid-19 comprised people with diabetes in each of the last 12 weeks; for what reason people with diabetes have not been classed as extremely vulnerable; and whether he will make it his policy to include on the shielded list, people living with all types of diabetes .

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

21 September 2020

The proportion of deaths associated with COVID-19 of people with diabetes in each of the last week 12 weeks is shown in the following table.

Week ending

All COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19 deaths where the person had diabetes

Percentage of COVID-19 deaths where the person had diabetes

12 June 2020

945

275

29.1

19 June 2020

675

185

27.4

26 June 2020

585

165

28.2

3 July 2020

425

110

25.9

10 July 2020

335

85

25.4

17 July 2020

225

65

28.9

24 July 2020

190

65

34.2

31 July 2020

160

50

31.3

7 August 2020

130

45

34.6

14 August 2020

135

45

33.3

21 August 2020

90

30

33.3

28 August 2020

55

20

36.4

The guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 has been developed by expert doctors identifying specific medical conditions based on what we know about the virus so far. The clinical evidence does not currently support classing people with diabetes as extremely vulnerable. We will continue to keep this evidence under review.

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