January 26, 2021

Coronavirus: Why the UK death count is an inexact science

The Office for National Statistics has released new figures on the number of deaths involving coronavirus.

Unlike the statistics we have heard about before now, these include every community death linked to Covid-19 in England and Wales.

According to the data, there were 210 deaths up to the 20 March – the day that pubs and clubs were ordered to shut down to help tackle the outbreak.

That is 40 more than the official figure of 170 released at that time.

Why the increase?
The latest data captures more than only the hospital deaths of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus and so definitely had the infection.

It looks at community deaths – people who died at home or in residential care who doctors recorded on the death certificate as probably having Covid-19.

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