KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 – A study has found that approximately a third of UK patients in hospitals succumb to Covid-19.
The research, run by researchers from Edinburgh University, Liverpool University and Imperial College London, gathered details on more than 16,000 patients from 166 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland.
“At the end of the research period, about a third of the patients had died, almost half had been discharged and 17 per cent were still receiving care at the hospital,” reported Bloomberg.
“The researchers found higher mortality rates among men and obese people. They also found that mortality was high in patients in general wards who were not admitted to intensive care units.”
Separately, another study from Imperial College found that those from ethnic minority groups, such as black people, may be at higher risk of death in the hospital.
Riyaz Patel, associate professor of cardiology at University College London, was quoted as saying that the report “adds to the weight of data arguing for an urgent review and national level data analysis, in order to quickly confirm this finding and offer protection to those who may be most vulnerable.”
These symptomatic black patients “are younger with fewer other medical conditions than white patients,” he said.
“It also suggests, a possible trend towards higher risk of dying from the illness again compared to white patients, although this is not statistically significant.”
Both studies have not been peer reviewed.
As at today, the UK has 171,253 positive cases and 26,771 deaths due to the coronavirus.