The death toll could reach nearly 170,000 people
When looking at total coronavirus deaths, official figures count deaths in three different ways, each giving a slightly different number.
First, government figures – those reported daily – count people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. This number is more than 145,000.
Follow Latest ONS figures, the UK has now seen a total of more than 169,000 deaths – all of those deaths where the coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate even if the person has not been tested for the virus.
The third measure counts all deaths above and above the usual number for that time of year – that number was more than 140,000 as of November 19.
In total, there were 13,743 deaths registered in the week to November 19, 16% higher than the five-year average.
Of the total deaths, 1,088 cases are related to the coronavirus, less than the previous week.
There have been more Covid-related deaths than “excess” deaths since the start of the pandemic, meaning non-Covid deaths must be below normal.
This could be down to a milder flu season last winter – due to less travel and more social distancing – and because some people might have died from other reasons if the pandemic hadn’t been for the pandemic. died of Covid.
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