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NHS accused of under reporting coronavirus death toll

by LLB Reporter
31st Mar 20 1:57 pm

According to new figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the true death toll across the UK is far higher than what NHS hospitals are reporting.

Data from the ONS for England and Wales shows there were 24% more coronavirus deaths up to, and including 20 March, compared to hospital only data reporting in that same period.

The ONS looked at all data for coronavirus reported deaths only, to include care homes and hospital deaths in the community.

For the same time period there were a total of 210 deaths in England and Wales, where death certificates mentions’ Covid-19, compared to the 170 coronavirus related deaths that was reported by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.

The ONS looked into death that happened up to 20 March, that were registered up to 25 March.

New figures from ONS show that for the 108 deaths registered up to 20 March where from coronavirus, as mentioned on the death certificate, 45 (or 42%) were people aged 85 and over while 34 (31%) were people aged 75 to 84-years old.

The ONS reported a total of 21 deaths (19%) were people aged 65 to 74-years old, seven (6%) were people aged 45 to 64-years old and one death was among somebody aged 15 to 44-years old.

As of Sunday, 1,408 people are confirmed to have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

On Monday, the chief executive of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens said, there had been almost a 50% rise in a few days in the number of people being treated for coronavirus across England’s hospitals.

Sir Simon said on Monday, that on Friday, there was more than 6,200 patients in hospital with coronavirus, but on Monday this figure had jumped to more than 9,000.

Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief scientific adviser said the NHS are seeing around an additional 1,000 patients each day and described this daily rise as “stable.”

Sir Patrick added that social distancing measures are “making a difference.”

Meanwhile, Swedish firm Ikea have opened a coronavirus test centre for NHS staff to help increase testing for frontline staff.

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