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Care workers among most at risk of COVID deaths, ONS report confirms

Care work had one of the highest COVID death rates during 2020, latest ONS figures have confirmed.

Compared to other occupations, care workers suffered the second highest COVID death rate – at 64.1 deaths per 100,000 men and 27.3 deaths per 100,000 women. In women only process, plant and machine operatives had a higher death rate.  

In the report spanning the final nine months of 2020, researchers conclude that regular exposure to COVID-19 and those working in close proximity to others continue to have higher COVID-19 death rates when compared with the rest of the working age population.”

ONS, Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered between 9 March and 28 December 2020, 25 January reveals that men continue to have higher rates of death than women, making up nearly two thirds of these deaths,

Workers’ union GMB is campaigning for full provision of high-quality PPE, individualised risk assessments, a dramatic increase in poverty Statutory Sick Pay rates, and an urgent injection of resources into health and safety enforcement.  

GMB National Health, Safety and Environment Director Dan Shears said:  “The truth is that the UK was too slow to respond to the outbreak in workplaces.”   

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