Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales 41% higher than official figures

Labour has called on the government to publish daily figures showing “the true scale of the problem.”

Coronavirus-related deaths were more than 40 per cent higher in England and Wales than the government’s official figures suggested, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Weekly figures from the ONS that take into account coronavirus deaths registered outside of hospital, revealed that 13,121 coronavirus-related deaths occurred in England and Wales since the outbreak began – 41 per cent more than the supposed figure of 9,288 deaths reported by the Department of Health.

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The ONS said the numbers are based on where Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions.

ONS figures reveal hundreds of deaths that have gone unreported by the government's daily updates.ONS figures reveal hundreds of deaths that have gone unreported by the government's daily updates.
ONS figures reveal hundreds of deaths that have gone unreported by the government's daily updates.

Its latest weekly report showed that a total 1,662 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered outside of hospitals in England and Wales in the week up to April 10.

The equivalent figure for hospital deaths over the period is 8,673.

Of the deaths outside hospitals in the week up to April 10, 1,043 took place in care homes, 466 in private homes, 87 in hospices, 21 in other communal establishments and 45 elsewhere.

Labour's shadow social care minister Liz Kendall said the figures showed the "terrible toll" Covid-19 is taking on care home residents.

"Yet these awful figures are only scratching the surface of the emerging crisis in social care,” she argued, “because they are already 11 days out of date.”

"The government must now publish daily figures of Covid-19 deaths outside hospital, including in care homes, so we know the true scale of the problem.

"This is essential to tackling the spread of the virus, ensuing social care has the resources it needs and getting vital PPE and testing to care workers on the frontline.”

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