UK coronavirus death toll may be 15% higher than reported in daily data – ONS

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A medical glove is thrown into a park as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Manchester, Britain, April 13, 2020. REUTERS / Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll from coronavirus in the UK could reach 15% more than daily statistics so far, data including community deaths released on Tuesday.

The Office for National Statistics said 6,235 people in England and Wales died on April 3 with COVID-19 mentions on their death certificates.

“When we look at the data for England, it’s 15% more than the NHS figures because they include all the mentions of COVID-19 on the death certificate, including the suspicions of COVID-19, as well as deaths in the community, “ONS statistician Nick Stripe told me.

Unlike daily data released by the government, which only shows deaths in hospitals, these figures include deaths in the community, such as in nursing homes.

In London, almost half (46.6%) of the deaths recorded in week 14 were from COVID-19.

Report by Andy Bruce and William Schomberg, edited by Guy Faulconbridge

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