Updated statistics suggest UK underreported Covid-19 deaths

City of London

21 April, 2020

The fresh figures released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics reveal that the true extent of the COVID-19 death toll in England is likely 41 per cent higher than the figures released by the UK government indicated.

In the latest report on Tuesday morning, the ONS revealed that it recorded 13,121 deaths up to April 10, whereas the official government figures for those who died in the hospital only reached 9,288, roughly 41 per cent lower.

The discrepancy in the figures is caused by the fact that the UK only includes people who have tested positive for the virus and die in hospital in its daily fatality updates. More than 16 percent of Covid-19 related deaths occurred in care homes or private homes, which once again highlights the ongoing problem in the UK around recording deaths directly stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Office for National Statistics (ONS)✔@ONS

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Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, was mentioned in at least one third of all death certificates signed in England and Wales up to April 19. In London, that percentage was more than 50 per cent.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks reports of cases and confirms them with local health departments, the UK currently has 125,856 confirmed cases of confirmed coronavirus infection. The country’s death toll stands at 16,550 while just 446 patients have recovered.

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