By Ben Kerrigan-
Scientists from Oxford University have revealed that a third of the people recorded to have died from Covid-19 in July and August may have actually passed away due to other causes, such as cancer or being hit by a car.
The new figures suggest one in 13 people who were said to have died from coronavirus during the whole pandemic, did not die primarily from the disease. Figures suggest one in 13 people who were said to have died from coronavirus during the whole pandemic did not die primarily from the disease
The study shows that people who may have died from cancer, or who were run over and killed, but who had tested positive for coronavirus, were included among the virus deaths even though it did not kill them.
The figures, revealed in The Telegraph reveal an exaggerated count in which Covid was wrongly put as the cause of death in 33% of the cases in which Covid-19 was included in the death certificate.
It means that 7.8 per cent (3,877) of those listed as Covid-19 deaths by the Government did not die due to the virus being the primary cause.
The finding exposes the failing of the Office Of National Statistics in publishing extra numbers as Covid related deaths, when they were actually caused by a different reason.
Dr Jason Oke, of the Centre of Evidence Based Medicine at the university, told The Telegraph: ‘The true death rate is important to know as it gives us an idea of impact.
‘Clearly Covid was having a massive impact in March and April, but we need to now know if the disease is taking the same toll as before. The impact now seems to be lessening and, if true, which it certainly looks like at the moment as there is not the same fatality rate, then that will guide decisions on managing risk, so it’s important to get this number right.
The study shows that people who may have died from cancer or who were run over and killed, but who had tested positive for coronavirus, were included among the virus deaths even though it did not kill them’.