Taxi drivers, shop staff and security guards most likely to die from coronavirus but medics NO more at risk than public

CAB drivers, shop workers, chefs and security guards are most likely to die from coronavirus – but medics are no more at risk than the public, new figures revealed today.

Men working in the lowest skilled jobs had the highest rate of death involving Covid-19, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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A total of 2,494 coronavirus related deaths in those aged 20 to 64 in England and Wales were registered up to and including April 20.

ONS figures found nearly two-thirds of these deaths were among men.

Men in the lowest skilled jobs had the highest rate of coronavirus deaths, with with 21.4 deaths per 100,000 males (225 deaths).

Security guards had one of the highest rates with 45.7 deaths per 100,000 (63 deaths).

Men and women working in social care, a group including care workers and home carers, were more likely to die from the disease, with rates of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 males (45 deaths) and 9.6 deaths per 100,000 females.

Among men, a number of other jobs were found to have increased rates of Covid-19 deaths such as: taxi drivers and chauffeurs (36.4 deaths per 100,000); bus and coach drivers (26.4 deaths per 100,000); chefs (35.9 deaths per 100,000); and sales and retail assistants (19.8 deaths per 100,000).

But healthcare workers were not found to have higher rates of deaths involving coronavirus when compared to the general population.

It comes as Boris Johnson last night urged Brits to return to work if they can — to get the economy moving again.

In a TV address watched by millions, he urged people to be "actively encouraged to go to work" under new safety guidelines, and if they can't do their job from home.

Step 1 of the PM's "unlockdown" roadmap begins today with the call to return to work.

He also announced major changes for outdoor exercise guidance starting from Wednesday.

Sunbathing in parks will be allowed and people will be able to meet up with one friend who is not from their household — as long as they stay two metres apart.

We will be allowed to travel to other places for exercise, and play sports such as tennis and golf within household groups only.

Step 2 could see primary pupils in a staged return from June 1. More non-essential shops such as dry cleaners and takeaways might also be able to reopen.

Restaurants and cafes with outdoor space could reopen from July under Step 3 — if they meet strict conditions and social distancing.

Secondary schools will stay out until September at the earliest.

Events with large crowds such as sports, concerts, festivals, cinemas and theatres are not included in the three steps. They may not return until after autumn — or until a vaccine is found.

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