The 730 deaths in the most recent week were 10.1 per cent above the five-year average, as depicted in the chart below. It shows that Covid deaths (in blue) account for fewer than half of the excess deaths this week, though note that the chart over-counts Covid deaths as it includes any death with Covid. The 4,964 figure for non-Covid excess deaths quoted above is calculated using deaths due to Covid, i.e. where Covid is recorded as the underlying cause on the death certificate.
Private homes, care homes and hospitals are all experiencing excess deaths at present: 23.4 per cent, 6.5 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively in the most recent week.
The ONS report does not comment on what might lie behind these worrying trends. The fact that it coincides with the spring vaccine booster campaign among older folk has raised worries for many, particularly in light of the ONS data showing hospitalisation rates for non-Covid reasons many times higher in the vaccinated compared with the unvaccinated, and the vaccine safety concerns raised by clinical practitioners who believe their vaccinated patients are at greater risk of disease and death.
As we keep saying at the Daily Sceptic, these matters need properly investigating.
This appeared in the Daily Sceptic on June 9, 2022, and is republished by kind permission.