Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 6 November 2020.
Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge, said:
“Usually around 2,500 people die at home each week at this time of year – now it is 3,500. That is 1,000 more, an extra 40%. These extra home deaths, very few of which are from Covid, have continued since March. it would be very good to know the quality of end-of-life care being received, and how many of these deaths might have been delayed through, for example, more rapid treatment of heart attacks and strokes.
“When we look at the main underlying cause of death in England and Wales that week, there were 1,743 deaths for which it was Covid-19, compared to 307 as influenza or pneumonia. And usually only a small proportion of deaths from ‘influenza and pneumonia’ are from flu itself, and so Covid is definitely not in the least like flu.”
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Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter: “DJS is a paid non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, that oversees the work of the ONS.”