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expert reaction to latest figures on deaths in hospitals in England involving COVID-19

NHS England have published the latest figure for reported deaths in hospitals in England from COVID-19 – an additional 116 deaths since yesterday, bringing the total to 25,866.


Prof Carl Heneghan and Dr Jason Oke, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, said:

“Today’s reported figure is 116 deaths in hospitals in England.  Our analysis at:

“For comparison: the reported deaths in hospitals in England on the same weekday were:

“There were 11 (8.4%) Hospital Trusts** with no deaths reported in the last 7 days, and 58 (44.3%) reported no deaths in the last 48 hours.

“**The sample includes 131 Type 1 A&E departments that are consultant-led 24-hour service with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation for the reception of accident and emergency patients.”


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