England, Wales’ coronavirus death toll could be 40% higher than reported: study
Members of the British Army move medical supplies at the Principality Stadium, which is being turned into a 2000-bed hospital.(Ben Birchall/AP)
Controversy over England’s strategy for counting coronavirus deaths continues with new data that shows a drastic spike over reported numbers.
The country’s Office of National Statistics said Tuesday that the death toll in England and Wales stood at 13,121 as of April 10 by their count, compared with 9,288 reported by the government.
That’s an increase of 41% and almost 4,000 more deaths.
The difference comes from who gets counted: the British government is only recording hospital deaths, while the ONS includes those at home, in nursing facilities and anyone who had COVID-19 listed on their death certificate.
England has been widely criticized for the high death rates at nursing homes, where the most vulnerable citizens live.
As of April 10, 3,898 people 90 years of age or older have died, 3,564 between the ages of 85 and 89 and 3,195 between the ages of 80 and 84, according to the Office of National Statistics.