Wed, 12 Aug 2020 © Joel Goodman/LNP
New figures show deaths from flu and pneumonia have now outnumbered coronavirus for seven weeks in a row. Nearly five times as many people are now dying of flu and pneumonia than with coronavirus in England and Wales, new figures have revealed. Numbers published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered for the week ending on July 31.
In comparison, 193 people died that week after testing positive for Covid-19 - the lowest weekly level for 19 weeks.
Deaths from flu and pneumonia have now outnumbered coronavirus for seven weeks in a row.
Deaths from coronavirus have plummeted
Between June 19 and July 31, some 6,626 Britons were killed by flu or pneumonia, compared to 2,992 deaths involving coronavirus.
At the height of the pandemic deaths linked to coronavirus far outnumbered those from flu or pneumonia.
But the last time there were more deaths from coronavirus than flu was in the week ending June 12.
Some 1,114 people people died that week after testing positive for Covid-19, compared to 996 flu and pneumonia deaths.
Comment: And that's if the Covid death numbers are even correct - which they may not be; but even if it is, clearly it didn't warrant all the hysteria it garnered for about 12% more deaths than pneumonia!
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Coronavirus deaths have hit the lowest point for 19 weeks - since lockdown began
It's important to note that flu and pneumonia deaths were lower than average during the pandemic, which may be down to people succumbing to coronavirus when they would have normally died from those illnesses.
Just over 56,800 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK.
ONS figures show that 51,779 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to July 31.
According to the latest data available, there have been 4,208 deaths involving Covid-19 in Scotland, and 855 in Northern Ireland.
Together, these figures mean a total of 56,842 deaths have been registered across the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
Comment: Of course the UK gov doesn't want people to think about what these actual numbers mean. Because if they did the Brits would likely (or should be) absolutely up in arms for having their lives upended in they ways that they have and are.
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