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Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1931 (Published 13 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1931

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  1. Shaun Griffin
  1. London

Only a third of the excess deaths seen in the community in England and Wales can be explained by covid-19, new data have shown.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data,1 which cover deaths in hospitals, care homes, private homes, hospices, and elsewhere, show that 6035 people died as a result of suspected or confirmed covid-19 infection in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May 2020 (where deaths were registered up to 9 May), a decline of 2202 from the previous week.

Although the number of deaths in care homes has fallen for the second week in a row, more covid related deaths are being reported in care homes than in hospitals and are tailing off more slowly.

However, David Spiegelhalter, chair of the Winton …

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