Change to rules on counting COVID deaths ‘reduced’ total deaths by thousands overnight – but figures show total is far higher
In August, the Tories changed the rules for counting COVID-19 deaths, so that only deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test were counted in the COVID mortality statistics. It was a clear manoeuvre to reduce the government’s shame in the official figures.
For example, children’s author Michael Rosen spent six weeks in a coma on a ventilator because of the coronavirus and happily for all of us, he survived. But had he died, his death would not have been included as a coronavirus death under the Tories risible new rules, in spite of the direct link of his grave illness to the virus. The Tories even applied the change retrospectively, reducing the official death toll by more than 5,000 overnight.
But the latest figures showing the number of death certificates issued in which COVID-19 – the complications arising from coronavirus infection – is mentioned reveal that the Tories are hiding far more than 5,377:
In fact, the scam has hidden more than 16,000 deaths in which coronavirus complications played a major role, with almost 60,000 people killed – and in fact, because hospitals and doctors have long accused the government of pressuring them to omit COVID-19 from death certificates or otherwise fiddling the figures in as many as half of cases, the number is far higher and the real number could easily exceed 100,000. Even the Financial Times was reporting well over 60,000 COVID deaths five months ago.
Whichever alternative deaths figure you might consider most reliable, it is most certainly not the Tories’ 42-43,000.
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