At least 16 homeless died with Covid-19 during lockdown in England

At least 16 homeless died with Covid-19 during lockdown in England
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Sixteen homeless people are known to have died with coronavirus in England during the first three months of the lockdown, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed, APA reports citing BBC News.

But more may have died, with the ONS stating it is "unlikely that every death will be identified".

The ONS defines homeless as people who were sleeping rough, using homeless shelters and hostels, or housed in emergency accommodation because of the pandemic at or around the time of death.

However, private rentals and student accommodation were not included and not all local authorities were able to give the ONS details of temporary accommodation.

The majority of those who died were male, with the average age being 58. Death certificates mentioned Covid-19 either as an underlying cause or a contributory factor.

The average age among men who died with coronavirus in the general population is 79.

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