Statistics ‘vastly underestimate’ crisis in British hospitals over the corona virus.22 March 2020
By Paul Martin.
The Government is vastly underestimating the number of people dying of coronavirus, an investigation by correspondent.world has revealed.
In its death figures Public Health England only tells the public how many people have died from Covid-19 if those people died in hospital and had already tested positive for the killer virus.
A medical source explained that anyone brought to a hospital who died before a diagnosis of coronavirus was made, or who died on the way to a hospital, was not being counted as having the disease.
“This could mean there are four times as many deaths related to corona-virus as we are announcing,” the source said. Another source said he estimated the death toll was “at least double”.
A senior doctor at a large outer London hospital told correspondent.world: “My colleagues say even if they strongly suspect a person has Covid-19, we will attribute his or her death to what is known as the underlying condition – unless the Covid-19 test has been done.”
Patients brought in with serious breathing problems would normally be tested, but there are not enough kits and not enough staff to test for Covid-19 after a patient has died, the sources say.
Anyone therefore who feels ill and self-isolates, then dies without being brought to a hospital and tested, is not included in the death statistics for Covid-19.
Meanwhile correspondent.world has learned that Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital has laid on an additional 200 beds for children being moved out of normal hospitals. Great Ormond Street is the country’s leading children’s hospital. It refused to comment.
The cutting-edge University College Hospital and others in London have been transferring all of their child patients, to make way for an expected influx of corona-virus adult patients, a different NHS source told correspondent.world.
The source asked that her name not be revealed, as staff have been told not to communicate with the media.
The source revealed that an astonishingly high number of adult patients will need to be kept alive on ventilators by the end of April.
“We are actively planning that we may need to transfer adult ventilated patients out of London into other ITUs around the country as the demand will be so great. If things continue to escalate, there will be 40,000 adults needing ventilation by the end of April,” the source revealed.
Meanwhile an NHS source said that adults and children suffering from cancer and other diseases will die in greater numbers than before, as hospitals narrow their focus and resources to corona virus patients.