An assessment of how coronavirus mortality in the UK was calculated found that the total number of viral deaths was too high. After review, the UK Government announced that the total number of deaths due to the virus was 41,329 as of August 12. The previous figure was 46,706, which means a 12% decrease in the total number of deaths.
The UK Government has now come up with another method to calculate the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 as a result of the assessment.
The new definition of coronavirus death is a person who dies 28 days after a positive diagnosis.
The new measure also aligns the UK’s calculations with other UK countries.
In the past, the UK has listed any deaths occurring after an actively diagnosed death from COVID-19, regardless of cause.
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Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England, defended the primary mortality method.
“The way we counted deaths among people with COVID-19 in the UK was initially chosen to avoid underestimating those deaths caused by the virus in the early stages of the pandemic,” he said.
The new mortality calculation method will now provide “important information on recent trends and the overall mortality burden due to COVID-19”.
PHE also argues that there is no simple way to calculate coronavirus mortality.
Professor Keith Neal, emeritus professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, praised the two new measures as “justifiable”.
He added: “The 28 days are widely used in many countries and the UK is now like the rest of the UK.
“The former measure of COVID death, even when restored, is unscientific.
“As the number of COVID deaths decreases, the number of patients restored, especially the elderly and those with serious underlying diseases, are now dying from these conditions, not COVID-19. . “
Professor Neal went on to say that non-coronavirus deaths among survivors would become a larger statistic of deaths in the UK, and “essentially useless for epidemiological surveillance. “.
Health Minister Matt Hancock ordered an additional review of the deaths last month.
Analysis of UK data showed that 96% of deaths occurred within 60 days or had COVID-19 on death certificates.
Within 28 days, 88 percent of viral deaths occurred.
Overall, the UK saw a total of 315,564 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.