The story of a mystery surge in Scottish deaths appears in today’s Sunday Times behind a paywall so not completely visible to me. 361 additional deaths beyond those at this time last year.
It has already been raised with our FM who is , for the moment,unable to explain the cause but, for sure an explanation will come. Travellingtabby’s excellent website has a little corner tracking these excess Scottish deaths. No doubt the excess is to be seen across the UK
Meanwhile, in England, medical experts journalists and politicians continue to make false claims about the number of deaths in England daily. This from Richard North.
“Yet, this is manifestly not true. It is not even close to true. When we refer to the NHS site, and specifically the spreadsheet breaking down the 823 people who died in English hospitals, we see that only 115 occurred in the previous 24 hours.
A further 325 are recorded on 9 April – the day before that – and 161 are allocated to 8 April, while another 209 are split between 1-7 April. The remaining 12 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on 25 March.
There is no secret about this – the NHS is openly publishing the daily breakdowns, starting from 2 April. This means that there is now a far better opportunity to build a picture of Covid-19 mortality, albeit that the data are still fragile, for the reasons pointed out yesterday.
What is inexplicable, therefore, is the willingness of ministers at the daily No 10 pressers, to allow the interpretation that we are being offered clean figures for each of the preceding days. That this is then compounded by the media adds further to the mystification, as the data continue to be misrepresented.
Bringing it almost to the level of high farce, we then have the BBC’s “Head of statistics”, Robert Cuffe, solemnly offer us an analysis, telling us that “the growth in the total number of new deaths has stalled in the last four days”.”