The UK’s official Covid-19 death toll is being questioned following the publication of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The request asks for data on “complete Covid deaths with no other underlying cause”. The data provided by ONS shows that there were more than 17,300 Covid-19 the death was not related to any pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
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Media commentators like GB news presenter Dan Wootton used the release of the data to combat the reporting of Covid deaths and the government’s use of strict lockdown measures.
“The political and media establishment is wrong when it comes to the scare campaign around Covid,” said Wootton. “The media talk a lot about the number of 150,000 deaths, maybe they should talk about the number of deaths from Covid, not from Covid. That’s just 17,371. “
He compared the 17,000 figure to a “normal winter flu season”.
Official government data above Covid-19 the death toll far exceeds this number. According to the government’s Covid-19 dashboard on Monday 24 January 2022, 153,916 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid, or 175,256 people died with Covid listed as the cause on paper. their death certificate.
Is the number 17,000 the true death toll of Covid?
George Eaton, senior editor of New Chinese. “ONS has long distinguished between ‘Covid’ deaths and ‘Covid-related’ deaths,” explains Eaton. “If we use the former measure, which includes only deaths where coronavirus is listed as the underlying cause, the total in England and Wales is not 17,371 but 141,722 (as of 8th). January).
“In other words, the majority of people die from Covid, not just from it,” he continued.
The “logic” of the argument – that only about 17,000 people die directly from Covid-19 – is based on the assumption that “anyone with a pre-existing illness” did not die from Covid because they were “close to death”.
However, an examination of the top 20 survival conditions for people who died of Covid-19 found this to be “absurd”, Eaton said. It includes conditions that millions of people in the UK are living with, such as “high blood pressure, asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, obesity and diabetes”, he said.
Eaton said the suggestion that people who have died of Covid-19 and had pre-existing medical conditions would be “at the threshold of death” was “inaccurate and insulting”.
According to intensive care reports from May 2021, the vast majority of patients can live without assistance in daily activities – only “10% require some assistance and only 0.4% need overall support,” he said.
Have we counted Covid deaths?
According to analysis from Guardians.
An article published by University of Leicester in January 2021 showed that 30% of Covid-19 patients discharged from UK hospitals had been re-examined within 5 months and almost one in eight of them had died, “adding to concerns about the The accuracy of the official figure is widely cited,” the article said.
The data from the paper could mean that “thousands of coronavirus patients will be transferred to hospitals and some will die from complications from the virus that are not included in the government’s tally”, including only those died within 28 days of receiving a positive Covid-19 test.
Over time, this discrepancy may prevent the government from giving an accurate representation of the true coronavirus death toll.
Instead of being seen as an accurate source of Covid deaths, the government tally should instead be seen as “a short-term measure designed to give an up-to-date account of how the pandemic is going.” development”, which allows an ONS spokesperson to say the government makes timely operational decisions.
“It’s useful as a quick sign, but the problem is with media reporting, who devote too much attention to daily reports and don’t seem to understand its limitations, especially the number of shortfalls was huge in the first wave due to limited testing,” David Spiegelhalter, a British statistician, told The Guardian.
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