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Statistics Published Today on COVID-19 Patients Recorded by GPs

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Statistics on COVID-19 patients as recorded in primary care systems throughout England have been published for the first time today.

NHS Digital‘s new Coronavirus as Recorded in Primary Care publication presents the number of people recorded by GPs with either a positive COVID-19 test or with COVID-19 symptoms, displayed over time, between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.

These experimental statistics include information on the patients’ demographic characteristics, such as age, ethnicity, and social and economic status – published as a descriptive report and an open data file.

The key findings in the report’s executive summary can be found here.

The aim of this report is to help people understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in different populations in England and in the total population. GP records include clinical diagnoses that can provide a fuller picture of rates at the start of the pandemic and the work of GPs, identified via the primary care dataset (GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research).

It will complement the existing Pathways and Testing dashboards already published on the NHS Digital website by providing a more accurate picture and helping to identify trends and spikes.

The dataset will be updated on an ad hoc basis and feedback is welcome by email to: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk – please reference ‘Coronavirus as Recorded in Primary Care feedback’ in the title of the email.

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