Table 2

Characteristics of deaths in the lockdown period, compared with before lockdown and a comparable period in 2019

MeasureDuring lockdown versus before lockdownDuring lockdown versus 2019
Number with dataBefore lockdown
(77 days) (n=711)
During lockdown
(98 days) (n=839)
P valueNumber with data2019
(91 days)
(n=756)
During lockdown
(91 days) (n=771)
P value
Time period6 January–22 March 202023 March–28 June 20201 April–30 June 201930 March–28 June 2020
Median age of death in years (IQR)15500.2 (0.0–4.8)0.2 (0.0–5.0)0.60315270.2 (0.0–7.2)0.2 (0.0–5.2)0.206
Sex15210.1761477>0.999
 Male417 (59.7%)462 (56.2%)411 (56.8%)428 (56.8%)
 Female282 (40.3%)360 (43.8%)312 (43.2%)326 (43.2%)
Ethnicity11770.58412050.312
 White314 (62.1%)427 (63.6%)358 (61.1%)396 (64.0%)
 Other*192 (37.9%)244 (36.4%)228 (38.9%)223 (36.0%)
Deprivation measure (1–10)2515234 (2–7)4 (2–7)0.37514814 (2–6)4 (2–6)0.965
Region15500.89315270.171
 London (all London boroughs)121 (17.0%)146 (17.4%)155 (20.5%)136 (17.6%)
 Elsewhere590 (83.0%)693 (82.6%)601 (79.5%)635 (82.4%)
Place of death15330.01614870.860
 Hospital560 (79.2%)610 (73.8%)537 (73.8%)556 (73.3%)
 Elsewhere147 (20.8%)216 (26.2%)191 (26.2%)203 (26.8%)
  • Numbers are n (%) or median (IQR) as appropriate.

  • Comparisons were made using Fisher’s exact test or Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test as appropriate.

  • *Asian or Asian British, black or black British, mixed or other.