Now the Tories have stopped publishing Covid-19 death figures – with a flimsy excuse

The Conservative government has stopped telling us how many people are dying of Covid-19 every day because it contradicts the plan to lift lockdown.

I mean: because Health Secretary Matt Hancock has demanded a review of the way the figures are calculated.

But here’s a suggestion: why can’t the figures be published using the current system, until this review is completed and a new method put into practice if necessary?

ITV’s news story says researchers have claimed the way deaths are reported across England has led to an “over-exaggeration” of the figures due to “statistical flaws”.

This suggests that the figures as reported are higher than the actual number of deaths.

But whenever I’ve seen the figures modified, it is the new total that is higher.

So I doubt the sincerity of these so-called “researchers'” remarks. And I distrust the Tories’ reason for suppressing the numbers altogether.

Source: Publication of UK daily coronavirus death figures put on ‘pause’ as Matt Hancock calls for review into PHE data | ITV News

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3 thoughts on “Now the Tories have stopped publishing Covid-19 death figures – with a flimsy excuse

  1. trev

    The figures being published by the Financial Times are way higher than the official Gov. figures have been. I think they put the current UK total at about 62,000.

  2. Stu

    We all know that the Tory way is to change the method (or goalposts) when it doesn’t fit their narrative, there have been countless examples of this during their tenure.

    Why should now be different?

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