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ONS to investigate why 8,000 weekly 'excess' death toll even higher than coronavirus figures imply

Nick Stripe, the health analysis and life events division at the ONS, gave a sobering interview to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire a few minutes ago about the latest mortality figures. ("Life events" presumably include dying.) Here are the key points.

  • Stripe said that the ONS death figures released this morning for England and Wales for the week ending 10 April were almost certainly an understatement. He said 10 April, was Good Friday, and only around a third of registration offices were open. He went on:
  • So actually that number is slightly deflated because if the registration offices had been open, maybe another couple of thousand, if not more, deaths would have been registered.

He said the ONS figures that were published showed around 8,000 "excess deaths" in the week ending 10 April. That meant deaths above the five-year average. Of those, only 80% were directly related to coronavirus, he said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2020 at 12:52:44 AM EST

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