A quarter of deaths from the virus were not caused by Covid as official figures show deadly bugs were not the main cause

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Data from the Bureau of National Statistics shows that nearly one in four deaths with Covid on the certificate in the week ending April 2 "involved" Covid, which means Covid was not the leading cause of death



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ALMOST a quarter of deaths recorded by Covid were not caused by the virus, new official figures reveal.
Data from the Bureau of National Statistics shows that 23% of coronavirus deaths are now people who died “with” the virus rather than from an infection.

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New official figures reveal nearly a quarter of deaths recorded by Covid were not caused by the virusCredit: LNP
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Many coronavirus deaths are now people who died “with” the virus rather than from an infectionCredit: Alamy

This means the disease was not the leading cause of death recorded on death certificates, although the deceased tested positive for Covid.

Other data also shows an increasingly positive picture of the state of the pandemic in Britain.

Daily death figures by ‘date of death’ show Britain has had no more than 28 deaths per day since the start of April.

Meanwhile, the government announced that the death toll has reached 60.

This is because officials give a daily update on deaths based on the number reported that day, which may include deaths that occurred days or weeks before.

This means the government figures may not reflect the true decline in deaths.

23 more Covid deaths were reported on Tuesday – more than half of those recorded a fortnight ago – but the true daily figure could be even lower.

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Data from the Bureau of National Statistics shows that nearly one in four deaths with Covid on the certificate in the week ending April 2 ‘involved’ Covid, meaning that Covid was not the leading cause of death
The number of people hospitalized with Covid could also represent half of the published daily figure
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The number of people hospitalized with Covid could also represent half of the published daily figureCredit: PA

Elsewhere, the University of Oxford has calculated that the number of people hospitalized with active coronavirus infection will likely be around half of the current published daily figure.

There were 2,472 new infections reported on Tuesday, with 2,537 Covid patients in hospital and 230 new admissions.

But again, these totals could be significantly lower.

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The revelations – and the impressive rollout of the jab in the country – are likely to put increasing pressure on the government to open up the country sooner.

A whopping 40,107,877 doses of the Covid vaccine have now been administered in the UK.

This includes 32,250,481 first doses and 7,857,396 second doses.

As the rollout accelerates, anyone aged 45 or over can now book an appointment for a vaccine on the NHS website after the completion of Phase 1 of the three-day plus vaccination program early.

Britons flocked to pubs, shops, hairdressers and gyms this week after opening for the first time since January, as Covid restrictions eased on Monday.

But Boris Johnson has warned that the drop in Covid deaths was due to Britain’s lockdown NOT to the vaccine.

The Prime Minister claimed that “most of the work” was done by people who stayed inside and not by the leading jab deployment in Britain.

He also warned that cases would increase and urged the nation to continue to exercise caution when returning to the pub.

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Partygoers have a drink on Old Compton Street in London’s SohoCredit: Rex

This week’s vaccination rollout to those under 50 marks the start of phase 2 of the government’s vaccination program, with the Prime Minister hailing it as an “extremely important milestone”.

And in other good news, NHS patients are expected to receive the Moderna vaccine shortly.

The vaccine will be the third Covid vaccine to be distributed in Britain and will be available at 21 sites in England, officials confirmed.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England medical director, said it “marked another milestone” in the country’s battle against Covid.

Moderna offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for those under 30 after worrying about a possible link with very rare blood clots.

But despite the success of the vaccination program, an Oxford scholar has warned the PM’s roadmap out of lockdown could be delayed as UK faces yet another outbreak of Covid as restrictions ease .

Dr Peter Drobac, a former assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, has warned that there will be an increase in cases as Britons enjoy their new freedoms.

And he said if we don’t take things slowly and steadily, Britain could face a future similar to Chile – which has just entered strict lockdown, despite one of the best vaccination programs. in the world.

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