Office for National Statistics

By Alex Marshall

Its not even ‘HAD’: ONS v Euromomo

Excess mortality Z score indicates how much excess deaths there are per head of population looking at euromomo’s graphs:

https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps#z-scores-by-country

I’ve copied the maximal Z scores for the epidemic in some european countries:

spain 43.58
england 39.6
france 24.31
belgium 24.29
wales 18.9
italy 16.65
scotland 15.92
sweden 12.93

The base width in weeks is about the same for each country’s hump. As you see Scotland is way down the list. It has only been in 3rd place in 2020 weeks 19 and 22 long after the peaks .

I wonder why ONS chose these weeks for their table?

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/comparisonsofallcausemortalitybetweeneuropeancountriesandregions/januarytojune2020