Real overall death rate more than double government figures, but even deaths in hospital have been hugely understated by government
The latest official data release by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the government under-reporting even coronavirus deaths in hospital by almost half – and the total UK deaths by more than half.
The ONS figures for a week earlier, in the early days of the escalation of the crisis, showed that the government’s decision to omit deaths outside hospital from its figures was understating the death toll by 23.5%.
However, the SKWAWKBOX warned that this would rapidly increase as the policy of sending elderly coronavirus sufferers back to care homes would hide even more deaths – and cause more still, with the virus spreading rapidly among vulnerable care home residents.
A SKWAWKBOX exclusive last week that hospital staff were saying that the government was under-reporting deaths in hospital by half was attacked as fake news – but the new ONS data have confirmed those whistleblowers’ revelations:
The ONS numbers show that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) figures understated the real death toll by more than 78% – and that the discrepancy on total deaths was even larger.
Even on the government’s lower figures, the UK’s mortality trajectory was significantly ahead of Spain and Italy – supposedly Europe’s worst-hit nations. But the data show that the UK was in a far worse position than either of those countries at the same stage in their outbreak.
The Tories continue to fail to provide adequate protective wear to front-line workers in the NHS and elsewhere. The government is also still allowing international travellers from known hotspots to enter the country with no checks and then freely travel onward on public transport.
The Tories are still only doing enough to create the impression of action, while leaving huge holes in the supposed campaign to reduce virus transmission.
Ironically, the Establishment media are today criticising China for under-reporting its coronavirus deaths – but the official figures show that the UK government is doing exactly that.
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