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Why are excess deaths not an issue any more?


AT THE start of January, the Times reported that 50,000 more people died in 2022 than normal, averaging at around 1,000 excess deaths per week, a figure which has already increased.

By the week ending January 13, 2023, excess weekly deaths in England and Wales stood at a massive 2,837 above the five-year average. The total death figure that week was 17,381 – remarkably this was a higher figure than for any week of the Covid pandemic, bar just two.

The figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are comparable, while south of the Irish border, a similar spike in deaths in recent weeks has disrupted funeral arrangements and put mortuaries under unprecedented stress. Many of the deaths are sudden, unexpected, and happening to young adults, often even healthy athletes. 

The mainstream media’s inattention to these shocking facts and figures is a story in itself. This is a phenomenal news item, yet it is receiving minimal coverage on mainstream media, and virtually none at all on TV news outlets such as the BBC, ITV and Sky News. It’s as if only a few of us are particularly bothered that thousands more people than usual are dying across our country.

This anomaly is particularly stark given the comparability of current excess deaths to those during the Covid crisis, when we were fed death statistics every waking moment of every day for month after endless month. Now, people dying in unusual numbers isn’t an issue of real concern. Were lives of greater value in 2020 than they are in 2023? Or would people rather not face these disturbing facts? 

When media sources do mention the rise in excess deaths, a number of likely factors are generally offered, such as the recent resurgence in flu cases, along with Covid’s after-effects. Government data informs us that Covid-19 accounted for just a small percentage of total excess deaths throughout 2022 and into 2023. Clearly, other factors are driving the high levels of mortality.

Matters related to lockdowns get a lot of blame. A report from the British Heart Foundation found that over 30,000 people in England died ‘needlessly’ of heart disease since the start of the pandemic – 230 excess deaths per week – in part due to treatment delays during lockdowns. Yet the charity egregiously ignores the part vaccines have played in these cardiac arrests. 

Certainly there was a huge drop in the numbers of 40- to 74-year-olds receiving health checks owing to lockdowns. And yes, there have been increased rates of depression and of suicide, of obesity, of drug-taking, of alcohol abuse, all of which affected large numbers of people during lockdown.

The irony however is striking: Lockdowns were enforced to protect us from death and illness through Covid. Now we’re told that these very lockdown measures have proved the actual cause of thousands of other deaths and serious health issues all over the country. Are we meant to regard this as normal, or accept it as necessary collateral damage?

Next we are given the NHS crisis – the reason most frequently proffered to explain away the death surge. It is persuasive, as Kathy Gyngell argued here, not least being the impact of recent strikes. But using the NHS crisis as the main explanation for the UK’s high excess deaths is untenable. Excess mortality is occurring right across the Western world, including nations such as Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany; some of whose healthcare services are not under the same degree of strain as here in the UK. Likewise, in the US, a country with one of the most accessible health care systems in the world, the rate of excess deaths is similar to much of Europe (one of the hardest-hit age groups being the under-50s).

In contrast, South Africa and Bulgaria – two middle-income countries with much lower levels of Covid vaccinations – have reported normal or below-normal deaths for several months. Most intriguingly, in most other African nations, where vaccine uptake was less than 5 per cent, excess deaths are in general not being observed at all.

This brings into question the motive of nurses, paramedics and physiotherapists, choosing to strike at the very hour when thousands more people are dying than usual. Not only so, but polls suggest that such action is supported by 60 per cent of the British public (sympathy vote?). Would even 1 per cent of the public have supported NHS strikes during the height of Covid?

The possibility that adverse reactions from Covid vaccines are contributing to the excess death statistics is all but ignored. This despite the fact that increasing numbers of  doctors and scientists are now raising their heads above the parapet – in the face of threat to their careers – and speaking out about the dangers associated with the Covid jabs. 

Where diagnoses can be made, causes of deaths in younger age groups often involve cardiac issues, strokes and blood clots in various organs – the same categories to be found in the vaccine adverse effects lists, such as the MHRA’s Yellow Card scheme and America’s VAERS system. Post-mortems, when done, often reveal tell-tale findings of spike protein damage.

Not that sole blame for excess deaths can be placed on the vaccines, any more than they can on lockdowns. Sweden vaccinated a higher proportion of its population than the UK did, yet we don’t see such high levels of excess death in that country.

The point is that despite increased pressure from health professionals (of all genres), academics, politiciansinsurance brokersfuneral directors and some charities (sadly, notably few church leaders) to investigate vaccine injuries and deaths, the government is refusing to show appropriate concern about what may prove to be the greatest health crisis to face Britain. Just a few days ago, a group of 100+ UK health professionals and academics, ever concerned at the level of excess deaths, repeated their call for ‘an urgent pause in the Covid vaccination programme, pending a thorough and independent review of all available safety data’.*

As long as the mainstream media remains so eerily silent on this momentous issue, and as long as the government stubbornly and negligently holds back from investigating the matter, speculation will continue to mount as to why we’re being barred from ascertaining the real cause(s) of this unacceptable surge in human deaths across our country. Otherwise, trust in governing authorities, already at an all-time low, is likely to give way to an aversion towards them.

*Doctors for Patients UK, The Health Advisory and Recovery Team (HART) and the UK Medical Freedom Alliance have also written a joint open letter to the Charity Commission, expressing deep concern regarding ‘allegations that the British Heart Foundation is involved in concealing and withholding important information relating to the potential of the novel mRNA vaccines to damage cardiac tissue and function’. They call for the immediate release of important information, and for an independent and urgent investigation.

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Tom Lennie
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Tom Lennie is executive editor of Prophecy Today.

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