Important differences in counting UK Covid-19 deaths
The figures published on GOV.UK may give an indication of what is happening day by day in Britain, but the limitations of the data should be understood.
Published: April 2, 2020, 9:06 am
These figures do not necessarily include all deaths involving Covid-19, such as those not in a hospital, suggesting that Covid-19 is not a “common flu”.
Numbers produced by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are much slower to prepare, because they have to be certified by a doctor, registered and processed. But once ready, they are the most accurate and complete information on the pandemic.
Using the complete death certificate allows researchers to analyse the information, such as what other health conditions contributed to the death.
It takes at least five days for most deaths to be certified by a doctor, registered and the data processed. The ONS figures therefore are always slightly out of date.
UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:
As of 9am 1 April, a total of 152,979 people have been tested of which 29,474 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 31 March, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/IUqkO6W3Dx
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 1, 2020
A record of 563 people in the UK have died after testing positive – by far the biggest rise during the crisis. The death toll has soared by 1 124 in just 3 days – from 1 228 on Sunday to 2 352 on Wednesday.
More than 1,7 million people in the UK have been infected, suggests new data posted by the National Health Service (NHS) on NHS Digital.
Germany has been able to test for the virus on a far greater scale than the rest of Europe.
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