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North west GPs felt the brunt of COVID-19

Primary care dealt with 3.27m COVID diagnoses

June 9th 2021

Tagged: NHS statistical reports COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Prevalence of COVID-19 in primary care was highest in the North West and lowest in the South West, new data from NHS Digital reveals.

The statistics for England show that diagnosed COVID rates varied between one in 15 people and one and 24 in the year to March 2021, depending on location.

Further findings corroborate the link between COVID diagnoses and age, with the highest rates of one in eight recorded in patients aged over 90 and lowest, at one in 40, in patients between the age of 5 – 11 years.

In total there were 3.27 million patients in primary care with test or clinical diagnoses of COVID-19 (one in 18 registered patients). Diagnosed rates also had the following features:

  • Highest in female patients (one in 16) and lowest in male patients (one in 20)
  • Highest in the 20 per cent most deprived patients (one in 15) and lowest in the 20 per cent least deprived patients (one in 21)
  • Highest in patients in the Bangladeshi ethnic group (one in 10) and lowest in patients in the Chinese ethnic group (one in 58).