THE official coronavirus daily death toll could be scrapped in what looks suspiciously like a rerun of Thatcher’s fiddling with the jobless figures and the rate of inflation index.
Britain paused its daily update of the death toll last month and the government ordered a probe into how Public Health England reports Covid-19 deaths, after academics said the daily figures may include people who died of other causes.
The conclusions of the probe, ordered by dim and not nice Health Secretary Matt Hancock, after it emerged officials were allegedly “exaggerating” virus deaths.
One recommendation could be to move to a weekly official death toll though a government spokesman said: “We’re working to resume publication of daily data on coronavirus deaths.”
Academics in a blog post had claimed that the way the government health agency calculated the figures was skewed as patients who tested positive for coronavirus, but are successfully treated, were still allegedly counted as dying from the virus even if they were run over by a bus three months later.
The UK’s death rate per million of population is still ranked third worst in the world with 686 people in every million dying from the disease. For the USA this is 500 people and Brazil 475.
Our 46,574 total number of C-19deaths puts us fourth in the world while we are 14th for testing per million of population and have had to scrap 750,000 test kits as probably too dangerous to use.
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