(Reuters) – Britain’s official COVID-19 daily death count can be extracted after an investigation into how toll counts in public health England, The Telegraph newspaper reported.
The newspaper said the findings of the investigation, which were ordered by Health Secretary Matt Hancock after the authorities’ “exaggerated” virus deaths, are expected this week.
A government source said the toll could be recommended for weekly official deaths instead.
Britain halted its daily update of deaths last month and the government reviewed how public health England reviews deaths from coronoviruses, with academics saying daily figures could include people who died of other causes is.
In a blog post, academics warned that the way the government health agency calculated the data was skewed as patients who tested positive for coronovirus, but are treated successfully, then They would also be counted dying from the virus “even if they had a heart attack or were driven by a bus three months later”.
For this reason, England’s death toll varies considerably from day to day, academics argued.
In contrast, other parts of the United Kingdom do not follow the same approach. Scotland has a 28-day cut after a positive test, after which a patient is not automatically considered to have died from the virus.
One of the virus-hit countries, Britain reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, its highest daily increase since June, with a total of 310,000 cases.
Reporting by Bhargava Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis