New reporting process sees 445 more Covid-19 deaths added to UK total

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An additional 445 people who died with Covid-19 have been added to the UK total following the introduction of a new reporting process.

The new cumulative total of 39,045 deaths, announced on June 1, now includes cases identified in “pillar 2” of the government’s screening strategy.

Here, the PA News Agency explains how it works.

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The additional deaths are linked to cases identified through testing by business partners, rather than testing at NHS and Public Health England (PHE) laboratories.

These tests would have been carried out in nursing homes or in the community, rather than in a hospital setting, and are available to the general population, as opposed to only key workers.

– Who were the 445 additional deaths?

Public Health England (PHE) said that “almost all” of the 445 deaths, which date back to April 26, were residents of nursing homes.

The deaths were previously categorized as “probable” coronavirus cases, but have now been redefined as “confirmed” cases, PHE said.

They occurred over a period of one month and do not represent a further “increase” in the number of deaths, PHE added.

Instead, the 445 deaths were added retrospectively to the historical data.

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PHE said collecting data from various sources is “technically difficult and difficult,” adding that it is not possible to obtain the number of daily deaths in every care home and residence in the country.

He said the data quality of the pillar 2 tests had improved enough to allow him to trace individual deaths and feed them into routine reports.

– How does PHE record the number of deaths?

The number of people who have died from coronavirus is reported daily by the government using data from PHE.

PHE combines data from four different sources: deaths occurring in hospitals, deaths reported to PHE health protection teams, laboratory test reports related to deaths from electronic hospital records, and
Office for National Statistics (ONS) death records that may be linked to positive laboratory tests.

The data, which dates back to March 2, does not include deaths in people where Covid-19 was suspected, but no lab tests were performed.


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