Deaths at home or in care homes not included, so government significantly under-reporting true toll
Multiple sources are claiming that the government is under-reporting the true UK toll of coronavirus victims by only including those who die in hospital after being admitted for coronavirus symptoms.
The death of 21-year-old Chloe Middleton from the disease this week has not been included in the total even though the virus is the official cause of death, because she was not in hospital after being diagnosed – but hospitals are only testing those admitted, in spite of World Health Organisation recommendations to trace the contacts of every case.
The government’s reporting decision not only obscures the number of deaths now, but means that as the crisis progresses and more and more people die outside critical care or are ‘triaged’ to not receive life-saving treatment, the reported toll will become more and more inaccurate.
In spite of this under-reporting, the daily death toll continues to climb steeply, with 260 victims in the last twenty-four hours.
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