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UK: Massive over-counting of Covid deaths reported

According to a report in the Daily Mail, there has been a massive over-counting of Covid-19 deaths in the United Kingdom, that could result in the removal of thousands of people from the country’s official coronavirus death count.

The Daily Mail explains what happened:

Thousands of coronavirus deaths are set to be wiped from the government’s official count, it was claimed today.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock last month ordered an urgent review into how daily death counts are calculated in England because of a ‘statistical flaw’.

Academics found Public Health England’s methods meant ministers count victims as anyone who died after ever testing positive for Covid-19 — even if they were hit by a bus after beating the disease months later.

It would’ve meant that, technically, no-one could ever recover from the virus and all 265,000 of England’s confirmed patients would eventually have had their deaths attributed to the disease. 

READ: Thousands of coronavirus deaths ‘will be wiped off the government’s official toll’ after urgent review into counting fiasco that included people who had recovered and died of other causes in the toll

Of course, this is just the people who recovered from COVID and died later, but what about those who had COVID, but died of other causes as recently happened in Texas.

And this over-counting problem is not unique to the UK.

COLORADO: REPORT: Colorado Man Who Died Of Alcohol Poisoning Classified As Coronavirus Death

FLORIDA: Note they only removed the person after they were caught. READ: Florida officials admit counting MOTORCYCLE death as Covid-19 fatality, remove it from list after media scrutiny

US CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC): Hospitals have incentive to inflate COVID-deaths, CDC chief admits AND CDC website lists over 3,700 virus deaths caused by ‘intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events’

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Forced To Remove Hundreds Of Deaths From Coronavirus Death Count After Coroners Raise Red Flags

CHICAGO: Hundreds of coronavirus deaths removed from weekly nursing homes update as state changes how tally is compiled AND Cook County teen added, then removed from statewide COVID-19 death toll, highlighting corrections in daily data release

TEXAS: Texas Downgrades COVID Death Toll After Error Wrongly Attributes Hundreds Of Deaths To COVID

MINNESOTA: Minnesota doctor blasts ‘ridiculous’ CDC coronavirus death count guidelines

CALIFORNIA: Physicians Say Hospitals Are Pressuring ER Docs to List COVID-19 on Death Certificates. Here’s Why

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