People working in social care in England and Wales have been twice as likely to die with coronavirus as the general working-age population, Office for National Statistics figures show.

But healthcare workers have been no more likely to die than other workers.

Nearly two-thirds of the 2,494 20- to 64-year-olds whose deaths were linked to Covid-19 were men.

And 63 were male security guards, making them almost twice as likely to die as even men working in social care.

The ONS analysis, up to 20 April, factored in age but did not take account of people’s ethnicity, location, wealth or underlying health conditions.

As a result, it cannot prove the deaths were caused by the jobs people do or by other factors.

Of the 2,494 deaths analysed, 131 were care workers

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