According to a Freedom of Information request made to the UK Office of National Statistics in 2021, there have been just 17.371 deaths from Covid-19 where no other underlying causes have been detected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, various statistics have been published. For example:

  • 127.704 excess deaths above the five-year average have been recorded in the UK between 13/03/2020 and 07/01/2022
  • 152.872 deaths (359 per day) have been recorded within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test
  • 173.233 deaths (640 daily) have been recorded where Covid-19 is listed as a comorbidity on the death certificate

One statistic, however, which has not been widely published by mainstream media is the number of deaths from Covid-19 where there have been no other underlying causes or pre-existing comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc.

The Freedom of Information request, FOI/2021/3240, published on the ONS website shows the following:

Total deaths – 9.400
Ages 0 to 64 – 1.549
65 and over – 7.851

Average age of death 82.5 years old

Total deaths – 6.483
Ages 0 to 64 – 1.560
65 and over – 4.923

Total deaths – 346
Ages 0 to 64 – 153
65 and over – 193

Total deaths – 1.142
Ages 0 to 64 – 512
65 and over – 630

The number of deaths, 17.371, is extremely low where Covid-19 is listed as the only underlying cause. Of this total number 13.597 deaths were of people who were 65 or over and 3.774 were under 65.

Average age of death in 2021 in the UK from Covid-19 is 82.5 years old and the average life expectancy in the UK from 2018 to 2020 was 79.0 for males and 82.9 for females.

The average ages of men has decreased by 7 weeks and the average age of women has increased by 0.5 weeks.

Official UK Government data suggests that there have been 137.133 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test from the beginning of the pandemic until 30 September 2021.
This official figure is almost 8 times larger (137.133 / 17.371) than the figure given for deaths where Covid-19 was the only attributable cause of death.


13 March 2020 to 7 January 2022, England and Wales

127,704 excess deaths above the five-year average

Official data

Deaths from COVID-19 with no other underlying causes

FOI Ref: FOI/2021/3240