Health Secretary Matt Hancock boasted on Monday evening that the death toll of the previous 24 hours was the lowest – at a claimed 111 – was ‘the lowest figure since lock-down began’.
What he did not mention was the 445 deaths – mostly people living in residential homes – who have never been mentioned in a daily government press briefing:
Instead, Hancock let his claim stand and skimmed over the fact that the total death toll had risen by 556 on the 24 hours before that, not by 111. The government later issued a note that 445 deaths had been added because of ‘delayed reporting in recent weeks’ – but Hancock did not mention them in his report, nor could they be discerned in his chart.
The 445 deaths were almost entirely those of care home residents – killed by the carnage of a rampant virus seeded into care homes by deliberate government policy to send known-infected people back to homes not equipped to treat or isolate them, where they infected huge numbers of fellow residents. Policy that is still in place even now.
For weeks, all those care-home deaths were ignored completely by the government, because only deaths in hospitals were reported – even those were drastically under-reported – and Johnson, Hancock and co continue to boast of spare NHS capacity created by allowing vulnerable residents to suffocate to death outside hospitals.
And they were ignored again on Monday night, so Hancock could make his little boast as if they had never happened.
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