According to new data from the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of deaths due to coronavirus COVID-19 infection in the country is significantly higher than the numbers reported by the British government in its daily updates. The statistics of the UK Department of Health includes only people who died after complications from coronavirus in hospitals, leaving out the count of citizens who died in nursing homes or other places. This was reported today, April 14, by CNN.
More complete data, published weekly by ONS, registers all cases of death, when the coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate, regardless of whether the person died in hospital, at home or elsewhere.
According to the ONS, the number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the UK before 3 April was 5,979. The daily update published the following day by the UK government only reported 3939 deaths. Thus, at the beginning of this month, the gap between ONS statistics and government reports was more than 50 percent. However, by today the gap has narrowed to around 15 percent.
Such confusion means that it is difficult to make a direct comparison between the coronavirus mortality curve in the UK and similar curves in other European countries, notes CNN. The discrepancies also highlight “the gloominess of recorded UK Coronavirus mortality rates during the Coronavirus Pandemic,” which may have been deliberately understated by the authorities, adds the American TV channel. In his view, “the true figures may be much higher than those reported daily by British ministers.
According to the latest official data, more than 88600 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, 11329 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.