Thousands of coronavirus deaths ‘will be wiped from official government toll’ after urgent revision of fiasco count, meaning no one in England could ever recover
- Public health England counted the death of the coronavirus incorrectly, according to an official review
- Counted victims if they died of any cause for months after defeating the disease
- Up to 4,000 deaths can be removed from the total death toll, or 10 percent
Thousands of coronavirus deaths will be cleared from the official government census, it was claimed today.
Health Minister Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review last month of how the number of daily deaths in England is calculated due to a ‘statistical error’.
Academics found a glitch in Public Health England’s methods, which meant ministers considered the victims as anyone who died after ever testing positive for Covid-19 – even if they were hit by a bus after reporting the disease months later .
It would have meant that technically no one could ever recover from the virus and that all 265,000 of the confirmed patients in the country would eventually be blamed for the disease.
The statistical error was discovered by Professor Carl Heneghan of Oxford University and Dr. Yoon Loke from the University of East Anglia.
Professor Heneghan, director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at the prestigious university, told it Sun“It’s a wise decision. There is no point in attributing deaths to Covid 28 days after infection.
“All it does is make the water muddy. While the death toll in Scotland is falling, PHE data suggests that things are worse in England.
“But if it’s someone who picked up and recovered the virus in a nursing home in March and died of a heart attack last week, what does that mean to us?
“While the 28-day measure lets you know what impact the virus has had on our healthcare system in the past month, we can respond.
“If the deaths drop, great. And when they run out, we need to take action. But at the moment, the numbers are just confusing. ‘
The Office for National Statistics also records Covid-19 deaths and is considered the most reliable.
The calculations are based on death certificates with Covid-19 as the probable contributor.
While government statistics include only those who have tested positive for the virus.