Stolen from the Daily Mirror, here are some fascinating stats about the deaths from COVID-19 in the UK:
Deaths in UK hospitals so far: 33,212
(This total is based on individual figures announced daily by each UK nation)
Deaths across all settings: 43,575
(This is the UK Government’s official toll which counts all people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS lab in the UK)
Deaths registered so far: 48,866
(This is the number of registered deaths in England and Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases)
Deaths in all settings: 54,089
(This is the number of registered deaths in each UK nation where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases, plus more recent hospital deaths)
Excess deaths since March 21: 65,101
(The number of deaths in the UK above the average amount, but not necessarily caused by Covid-19)
It’s striking, isn’t it? Which one do you believe to give the most accurate representation of where we are today? For my money, it’s obvious: the last one.
The charmingly named ‘excess deaths’ figure means what it says. For example, if 10,000 people usually die every day and 12,000 die today, the excess deaths figure is 2000. I am usually a great believer in following the evidence and a believer in believing what’s actually true. In which case, unless some boffin can convince me that there’s another reason for the ‘excess deaths’, then I am going to believe the worst figure.
And terrible though the ‘deaths across all settings figure’ is, the reality on the ground is almost certainly far worse. Boris Johnson says he’s ‘proud’ of his government’s record and takes ‘full responsibility’ for how the virus has been handled. In that case, he should immediately tender his resignation at the same time as the prime minister in all but name, Dominic Cummings, tenders his.