UK may end daily COVID-19 death reports after experts say numbers are exaggerated

by Peter Heck · Aug 11th, 2020 8:36 am

Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 5:29 pm

The United Kingdom is considering ending its daily COVID-19 death tracker after experts from Oxford University found that the total was exaggerated. An investigation is likely to be launched into the way Public Health England has been recording and reporting the count.

Oxford University experts found the death tolls included people who had recovered from the coronavirus weeks or months earlier. Anyone who had tested positive for the virus was counted as a coronavirus death, even if they died from a car accident.

Like other European countries, the UK is experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases, though ascertaining an accurate number of infections and deaths has become challenging as a result of the confusing data points.

Some experts have recommended moving to a weekly report rather than a daily one.


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