Excess deaths rise in UK as COVID-19 tolls continue to drop

Despite COVID-19 deaths continuing to decline, excess deaths in England and Wales have reached their highest level in three months, the latest official UK data show.

according to National Statistics Office According to the (ONS), 10,982 deaths were recorded in England and Wales in the week to 19 August, 18.6% above the average for the period.

England and Wales had 1,719 excess deaths this week, the highest in three months. It was also a significant increase from her 950 excess deaths recorded the previous week.

Deaths have been above average almost continuously since the end of March, following a period in which no excess deaths were recorded at the beginning of the year.

The number of registered deaths in the week ending 19 August was 29.5% above average.

Although the total number of deaths was unusually high, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 decreased.

Only 551 of the deaths recorded that week had COVID-19 on the death certificate, a 7% decrease from the previous week, according to the ONS.

Possible cause

Previous research by the ONS suggests that high numbers of deaths in households have increased since the pandemic began, from heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other causes.

These trends suggest that the pandemic “appears to have had an indirect impact” on deaths in private homes, the ONS said.

“This is due to a number of factors, including disruptions in health services, people choosing to stay away from health facilities, and terminally ill patients staying at home rather than being admitted to other facilities for end-of-life care. could be due to a combination of

A more recent factor could be a period of extreme heat that affected the UK in July and early August this year, according to the ONS.

Call Probe

The UK government has been asked to launch an investigation into excess deaths, which have been higher than usual, especially among younger age groups, over the past three months.

Jamie Jenkins, former head of health and labor market analytics for the ONS, told the Epoch Times that she believes there will be a higher-than-expected excess mortality, especially among some younger age groups. In terms of what is going on. “

For more than a year, the Health Advisory and Recovery Team (HART), a group of experts skeptical of policies and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been calling for research into excessive youth mortality. .

Dr. Claire Craig, a HART spokeswoman, told the Epoch Times that the number of excess deaths has been “spikes” recently and that the current trend looks “disproportionate to what we’ve seen before.” .

She said there is “clear concern” that some deaths may be associated with the COVID-19 vaccine, which is known to be associated with adverse effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis.

“I think there are a lot of reasons why you might want to look into it. There’s a lot of circumstantial evidence pointing to it, so it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Craig said.

Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan