The real death toll in Britain as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has now been revealed. It confirms the exclusive reporting of

19 May 2020 By Paul Martin
Column chart of England & Wales showing weekly death registrations have risen to the highest on record

Inews wrote on May 19 2020:

Almost 55,000 more people have died in the UK so far this year than expected in an average year, according to official figures.

Nick Stripe, head of the health analysis and life events division at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of excess deaths in the UK, those above the expected amount for this time of year, had reached just under 55,000 by early May.

He told the BBC: “Across England and Wales up to 8 May, we are now looking at an excess deaths figure of just under 50,000.

“If we look at the UK as a whole, that is just under 55,000 excess deaths.”

The expected deaths figure is based on a five-year average.

Excess death registrations in England and Wales rose by 3,081 in the week ending 8 May. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it went up by 400 and 62 respectively.

It brings the total number of excess deaths in the UK to 54,522.

Of these excess deaths, three quarters were Covid-19 related and 25 per cent did not have the virus listed as a cause on the death certificate.

NOTE: The Financial Times confirmed, and caught up with, the exclusive reporting by

On April 28 2020 it wrote:

Coronavirus deaths more than twice hospital toll, data indicate

Official death statistics for England and Wales suggest the crisis is more severe than previously thought.

In the week starting April 10, 22,351 deaths were registered in England and Wales, the highest figure since comparable weekly data started in 1993

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The coronavirus pandemic appears to be killing more than twice the number of people recorded in daily figures from hospitals, according to the latest official death statistics for England and Wales.

The data suggest the extent of the crisis is deeper than previously thought, particularly in care homes — where a third of all deaths were recorded in the week to April 17. In that week, 22,351 deaths were registered in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest figure since comparable weekly data started in 1993 and worse than any figure in similar data of the past 50 years.

The average for the comparable week from 2015-2019 was 10,497.

Since the beginning of March, there have been 27,015 more deaths registered up to April 17 than the five-year average for the time of year. With an average delay of four days between someone dying and their death being registered, the figures relate to the period to April 13, during which the government said there had been 11,408 deaths of people testing positive for coronavirus in English and Welsh hospitals.


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Some 31.1% of the deaths in the week up to 8 May involved coronavirus being mentioned on the death certificate, down from 33.6% the previous week.

Overall deaths in care homes in the week up to 8 May were down, from 6,409 to 4,248. But the proportion involving coronavirus was up from 37.8% the previous week to 39.2%.

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