Lag in UK reporting means death figures around 48 hours out of date
The UK’s official coronavirus toll has leaped by 260 in the last 24 hours, as the death toll continues to accelerate – in spite of under-reporting because of government restrictions on who is counted.
One person every five minutes or so.
But a lag in reporting caused in part by the government’s false insistence that it needs families’ permission before it adds deaths to the statistics means that the UK’s figure is around 48 hours out of date by the time it is reported.
The policy of only including deaths in hospital critical care is also obscuring the real toll as the government continues to drag its feet in taking the vital steps the World Health Organisation says are needed to protect NHS staff and patients.
The UK has designated at least two ice rinks as emergency mortuaries. It did so before similar steps in Spain were reported here.
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