Why are people dying more than normal?
UK, excess deaths
Hundreds more people than usual are dying each week in England and Wales
Not from Covid
Covid deaths, UK
w/e 24 June, 346
w/e 17 June, 309
Total deaths registered in the UK
15.9% above the five-year average
Latest breakdown, (England and Wales)
Excess deaths = 1,540
Covid deaths, 285
58.2% of this 285 gave covid as the underlying cause
So, 166 from covid
119 with covid
Non covid excess deaths, 1,540 – 166 = 1,374
England and Wales data
(5 years up to 2019)
England and Wale, 16.6%
Where excess deaths occurred
(above the five-year average)
Private homes, 31.5% above
Hospitals, 12.1% above
Care homes, 10.3% above
Other settings, 10.1% above
Health experts call for urgent investigation
Lockdown and restrictions stress
Reduced physical activity
Lack of access to healthcare
Delayer referrals for diagnosis and treatment
Cost of living crisis
People whose health was / is weakened by covid
Known increase risk of stroke and heart attacks
Increasing autoimmune disease
New medications used as covid treatments
Prof Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia
I think the reality is going to be quite complex but it’s something we do need to be aware of and actually try and understand.
There is despair from your livelihood disappearing up the swanny.
It doesn’t have to lead to suicide, chronic stress can lead to all sorts of problems.
Dr Charles Levinson, DoctorCall
The reasons behind these horrific numbers are complicated and none of us fully understand them, so that is exactly why there should be an urgent and comprehensive Government inquiry.
If anything, the situation seems to be worsening.
Considering the relentless focus on one virus for more than two years,
requesting answers from Government on thousands and thousands of non-Covid excess deaths is entirely reasonable.
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