“Are the deaths in rest homes etc. not counted in official statistics in the UK?”
“Surely that cannot be correct -- deaths in the homes must have a death certificate”
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Reply to reader ‘Ross’, from the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team
Dear Ross, thank you for your question which you posted below our article yesterday, in response to a post from a critical reader.
According to the latest week of data we have from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of deaths involving the Coronavirus, 92.9% occurred in hospital with the remainder occurring in hospices, care homes and private homes. Naturally the ONS counts all deaths wherever they take place, as all deaths in the UK must be registered.
The problem here is the time it takes to get a death certificate into the system.
Here’s a quick explainer
The ONS now publishes a weekly death report, which covers all deaths no matter where they took place.
To make the picture more confusing for people, the Dept of Health also puts out daily figures for deaths "with Coronavirus". These are the ones which exclude non-hospital deaths, but the non-hospital deaths currently account for only 7.1% of total deaths "with Coronavirus" in all locations.
We were the first to call on the Government to issue a daily tally of ALL deaths as well as deaths "with Coronavirus". We felt people should have this basic information in order to have a sense of the seriousness or otherwise of Coronavirus.
We secured a partial victory in getting weekly totals, but sadly these weekly figures always lag behind the current reality. Nevertheless we publish the weekly figures as soon as we get them.
Our next report on this will be tomorrow.
FOR NEWER READERS If you would like to read our Coronavirus summaries to date, there is a list of them in this article available free here.
Some of the charts put up by Sky and the BBC even confuse us, and we deal with statistics all day long.
We spend considerable time trying to condense information into “at a glance” charts and bullet points. We know people do not have time to study a single chart for several minutes to work out what it’s telling them.
Let’s face it, none of us really like to talk about death
Aside from the obvious fact that it reminds us of our own mortality, many people have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. This is certainly true of members of our team, who have lost close family members through one of the top three killer diseases in the UK.
In normal times readers do not encounter many articles about death rates – it’s not a subject that has traditionally been known to sell more newspapers. (Or encourage more donations to a hardworking team like ours.)
We’ll leave you with a question
Every day the BBC tells us how many people have died “with Coronavirus”. Does any reader know how many deaths take place each year from cancer? Or dementia? Or heart disease?
We do. And the numbers will shock you.
P.S. Please don’t answer! Our question is rhetorical. We’ll answer it ourselves in an article tomorrow, with one of our famous “at-a-glance” charts which convey basic information so effectively.
P.P.S. We are also working on serious reports regarding the threat to delay the end of the Brexit Transition Period “because of the Coronavirus”. We absolutely must stop the insidious and growing moves by the Remoaner-Rejoiner Establishment once again to seize on any excuse to thwart a full and true Brexit.
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[ Sources: ONS | Dept of Health ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.
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