Counting ‘excess deaths’ from 5-year average ignores that deaths in 2020 were below average so additional death toll is larger
The BBC gave surprising coverage on Thursday to new statistics showing that England – ahead of the UK as a whole – was the worst country in Europe for coronavirus deaths, based on a count of ‘excess deaths’ versus the five-year average:
But the coverage also revealed – without any mention by the BBC – that the UK’s death figures have been far worse than even the highest published so far:
The government’s risible figures have long been recognised as vastly understating the real number of people who have died of the virus – but even more realistic calculations by the Financial Times have based their estimates on the ‘excess’ mortality compared to the five-year average.
But deaths in 2020, after a mild winter, were lower than the five-year average – and the new statistics show that they have largely continued to be:
This means that the real pandemic death toll is considerably higher than the 70,000 or so calculated by the more honest ‘mainstream’ media – and based on the gaps shown in the chart, the real toll so far has been at least ten thousand higher still.
This was not highlighted by the BBC – and the government continues to push its fantasy figures to protect itself politically and to justify its reckless haste to send children back to school and their parents back to work.
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