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The pandemic doubles the number of people with depression in the UK

August 18, 2020

The number of people with depression doubled in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. This is based on data released Tuesday by the British Office for National Statistics (ONS, acronym for English).

Almost one in ten British adults (9.7 percent) had been diagnosed with some form of depression between July 2019 and March 2020. However, that number has risen to 19.2 percent, implying that one in five adults has symptoms of the disease.

Most of them, 84 percent, cite stress and anxiety as the main problem, and 42 percent say depression affected their relationships, according to The Guardian.

The pandemic doubles the number of people with depression in the UKThe pandemic doubles the number of people with depression in the UK

“Almost one in five adults had some form of depression during the pandemic, almost half the number before,” said ONS ‘Tim Vizard. “Young adults, women and people with disabilities are hardest hit,” he said.

The UK government’s latest tally shows an additional 12 people have died and 1,089 tested positive for coronavirus on the last day. Overall, the death toll has risen to 41,381 since the pandemic began, while infections have hit 320,286.

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