FILE PHOTO: People are seen on a retail street, amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Windsor, UK August 5, 2020. REUTERS / Toby Melville
(Reuters) ̵1; The UK’s official COVID-19 daily death count could be eliminated following an investigation into the UK Public Health death count method, The Telegraph reported.
The paper said the conclusion of the investigation, ordered by Health Minister Matt Hancock after officials said the “exaggerated” viral deaths, are expected to take place this week. .
A government source told the Telegraph could make a possible recommendation to move to the official weekly death figure.
Britain halted a daily update on death tolls last month and the government has ordered a reconsideration of how British Public Health reports coronavirus deaths, after scholars released row figures. Dates may include people dying of other causes.
Scholars in a blog post warned that the way the government health agency calculated the figures was misleading because patients who tested positive for coronavirus, but were successfully treated, remained. will be counted as dead from the virus “even if they have had a heart attack or have been passed by a bus three months later”.
Researchers have argued that UK mortality data varies significantly from day to day for this reason.
In contrast, other parts of the UK do not take a similar approach. In Scotland there is a threshold of 28 days after the test is positive, after which a patient is not automatically considered dead from the virus.
UK, one of the countries most affected by the virus, reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, the highest daily increase since June, bringing the total to 310,000. case.
Report of Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Edited by Daniel Wallis