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expert reaction to today’s apparently low number of deaths from COVID-19

Figures released today for the number of deaths from COVID-19 are significant lower than the normal trend.


Dr Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, said:

“The lower death toll today, albeit at a weekend where reporting can take a little longer, is of course a welcome sign that things may be improving. However, it is important to remember that most people that sadly succumb to severe COVID19 often do so after two or three weeks, or even longer. Thus, this figure likely reflects the last weeks of full lockdown rather than a sign that the new relaxed measures are a success. It will be important to closely monitor case and fatality rates over the coming weeks, using as wide and as intensive a screening effort as humanly possible.”


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