Boris Johnson's schedule to make life in Britain normal again
today: The rules for the use of public transport are relaxed so that everyone can use buses, subways and trains. Public transport no longer has to be treated as a last resort.
tomorrow: New "lightning lock" powers are introduced for councils, allowing them to close public spaces and premises without consulting the government to stop outbreaks.
Next week: New Local Block Plans for Ministers Are Released to Stay Home and Impose Travel Restrictions.
August: New rules for working from home are to be introduced to encourage more workers to return to their offices. Remaining leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, casinos and ice rinks will reopen from August 1st. Socially distant indoor performances in theaters can begin.
October: Depending on the success of a pilot program, the stadiums could be reopened for sports and music events.
November: All "outstanding restrictions" will be reviewed and relaxed at the earliest in November and "possibly in time for Christmas".
Boris Johnson's hopes of making life normal again by Christmas were attacked as optimistically as the unions accused the prime minister of passing the money on to companies if workers were to return to their offices.
Mr Johnson today announced a timetable for further easing the blockade in England, saying he would lift restrictions on the use of public transport as of today, while asking workers to resume normal commuting in August.
He said football stadiums could be reopened to the public in October, recreational facilities such as ice rinks and bowling alleys could welcome customers again next month, and he strived to "make a return to normal from November at the earliest."
However, the announcements sparked an immediate wave of criticism when Mr. Johnson's political opponents mocked the suggestion that life could return to normal by the end of the year while unions accused the Prime Minister of no responsibility for the resumption of the nation's work to take over.
The first Welsh minister Mark Drakeford said you & # 39;I have to look at the situation fairly sunnily to believe that the Prime Minister's December prediction is achievable, while Labor's Lord Adonis said it was a "mistake" and that "we are unlikely to be normal again by Christmas ".
John Phillips, Acting Secretary General of the GMB union, said Mr. Johnson had "again shown leadership failure" by giving responsibility for the return of workers to the company instead of taking the matter himself.
& # 39;It is confusing and dangerous to pass responsibility for human safety on to employers and local authorities, ”he said.
"With fears of a second tip, confusing advice, and a desperately under-funded health service, the Prime Minister's speech about returning to normal by Christmas only seems wrong."
TUC Secretary General Frances O & # 39; Grady repeated a similar feeling as she said: “Returning to work must be gradual and safe. The government is passing this big decision on to employers. & # 39;
Mr Johnson said the government would soon publish guidelines on reducing work from home in the hope that more employees would physically return to their desks to give the city centers a much-needed economic recovery.
However, in a marked weakening of the prime minister 's tone on the matter, he stopped ordering workers to return after Sir Patrick Vallance, the government' s chief scientific advisor, warned yesterday that there was "absolutely no reason" for the existing policies of the change working people from home wherever they can.
Sir Patrick and the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, were both absent from today's press conference on Downing Street, despite flanking the prime minister during briefings during the pandemic, speculating about a worsening split between Mr. Johnson and his Experts.
Mr. Johnson also announced today that audiences will be able to return to indoor theater, music, and performance events from August 1 if the venues take social distance measures.
The Prime Minister said ministers would review any remaining "pending restrictions," including social distancing, in the coming months to allow for a "more significant return to normalcy from November" and "possibly in time for Christmas."
However, he insisted that all proposed changes would only be made if the spread of the coronavirus continued to decrease and "we will never hesitate to apply the brakes" if the infection increases.
He stressed that Britain had to be prepared for a possible second wave in the winter when it announced additional £ 3 billion in funding for the NHS, revealed new "lightning lock" powers that allowed ministers and councils to address local outbreaks plunge, and promised to increase daily coronavirus testing capacity to 500,000 by the end of October.
Mr. Johnson's schedule for further easing the coronavirus restrictions was as follows:
- Health Minister Matt Hancock ordered Public Health England to review the way in which deaths are counted due to a "statistical error", which means that officials "exaggerate" the daily toll.
- It turned out that PHE counted people as coronavirus victims, even if they die at another time at another cause after being tested positive for Covid-19.
- A new study suggested that Britain may already have herd immunity to coronavirus, as many people have suffered from milder strains of similar types of infection in the past.
- Security Secretary James Brokenshire said the UK was at least 95 percent certain that the Kremlin had given the go-ahead for Russian cyber attacks to research coronavirus vaccine research.
- But he insisted that there was "no evidence" that the raids were successful, saying that they were "totally unacceptable".
- Official data showed that the spread of coronavirus in the UK is minus five to one percent, while the R reproductive rate remains between 0.7 and 0.9.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off the next stage in his normalization of life in Britain today when he held a press conference at 10 Downing Street
Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs yesterday that he believed there was "absolutely no reason" to manage existing work from home
Green light for the return of the fans to the stadiums: Boris Johnson announces that sports fields could let the spectators back in from October
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that viewers will be able to return to the UK's sports stadiums in October if successful pilot events take place later this month.
Sports events have taken place without crowds since their restart in recent weeks due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
But on Friday morning, Mr. Johnson set the next steps to unlock the block, saying, “From August 1st, we will resume the indoor performance to a live audience, depending on the success of the pilots, and we will also have larger venues like sport, stadiums will pilot with a view to another reopening in autumn.
& # 39; From October we want to bring the audience back to the stadiums. These changes must also be made in a Covid-safe manner, subject to the successful result of the pilots. & # 39;
There is a possibility that only the first month of the 2020-21 football season will be held behind closed doors and fans will be admitted in autumn.
The pilot events, where only a limited number of viewers should be admitted to the rules of social distance in stadiums, could start this month.
It has been reported These pilot events include the County Championship cricket match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval on July 26, the Glorious Goodwood race between July 28 and August 1, and the Crucible World Snooker Championship from July 31 .
Mr. Johnson said further changes to the restriction restrictions would "depend on our continued success in fighting the virus."
The prime minister spoke last week about his desire for more workers to return to work, amid growing concerns that urban centers are struggling to recover due to the lack of commuters.
However, his announcement today was more nuanced than expected, saying that after consulting employees, companies were given "discretion" to decide when workers should return instead of being ordered by the government.
He said at today's press conference: "We will not continue if this risks a second climax that would overwhelm the NHS.
“Nevertheless, it is important to give people hope and to strengthen the trust of companies. As of today, we in England are making it clear that everyone is allowed to use public transport and, of course, encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport if they are available.
& # 39; As of July 25, we have already committed to re-opening gyms, pools and other sports facilities.
& # 39; Starting August 1st, we will update our work advice. Instead of the government telling people to work from home, we will give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their employees can work safely.
“Of course, that could mean continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely and that has worked for many employers and employees.
“Or it could mean that jobs are safe by following Covid's security guidelines.
"Whatever employers choose, they should consult closely with their employees and only ask people to return to work if it is safe."
Mr Johnson's announcement that he would be working from home appears to be conflicting with Sir Patrick.
The expert informed the Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday afternoon that Britain "is still at a time when distancing is important" and that remote working "remains a perfectly good option".
He went even further when he said that many companies had found that working from home was not "detrimental to productivity" and that there was therefore no need to deviate from politics.
He said, "My view of this and I think this is a view that SAGE shares is that we are still at a time when distance measures are important and the various distance measures that many companies do from home work, remain a perfectly good option because it's simple.
Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty are missing from PM's latest coronavirus address
Signs of a rift between Boris Johnson and his best academic advisors widened today after being excluded from his address on Downing Street.
Scientific director Sir Patrick Vallance and senior physician Professor Chris Whitty were notable absent from the morning's press conference.
The experts became well-known faces on the number 10 podium during the crisis and regularly flank the Prime Minister for big announcements.
Instead, Mr. Johnson was accompanied by NHS test and trace chief Dido Harding when he asked the workers to return to the offices to save the battered main street.
He also gave the go-ahead for casinos, bowling alleys, and ice rinks to be reopened next month.
Much of the attention, however, has been focused on the breakup of the so-called "three Amigos", which came after Sir Patrick indicated yesterday that the government's rush to open up the economy was frowned upon.
"I think a number of companies believe that this does not affect productivity, and in this situation I see absolutely no reason to change it."
Mr Johnson tried to play down the divisions with Sir Patrick today, saying that it was not up to the government to tell employers whether employees should return to work.
"I totally agree with Patrick Vallance what he says," said Johnson.
"It is not up to the government to decide how employers should run their businesses and whether or not they want their workers to be in the office – that is for businesses."
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said after the press conference that both Sir Patrick and Prof. Whitty "were involved in all discussions on the next chapter of the roadmap."
The spokesman urged the couple to agree to today's announcements, adding, "It doesn't reflect how it works – as I've said many times, scientific and medical experts advise and the ministers decide."
Tory MPs had asked Mr. Johnson to override Sir Patrick and order the workers to go back to work, warning that failure to do so would risk the death of the city and city center.
The British Chambers of Commerce said that companies still need "crystal-clear official instructions" from the government when deciding who should physically return and when.
“In discussions with their employees, companies will decide how and when they return safely to their offices. To make these decisions, companies need crystal-clear official guidance, ”said the organization.
& # 39; Companies will consider how they want to work in the future. Many have seen benefits for productivity and work-life balance in the past few months and want to maintain elements of their new normal. & # 39;
In addition to relocating work from home, Mr. Johnson said that the remaining leisure facilities, such as bowling alleys, ice rinks, and casinos, may reopen from August 1, but the nightclubs will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
According to the central scenario of the Office for Budget Responsibility, public debt will increase when the UK is struck by the coronavirus crisis. By 2023/34, liabilities will be around £ 660 billion higher than forecast in March before the chaos – and that doesn't include an additional £ 50 billion from the mini-budget
The OBR's downward scenario envisages unemployment rising to more than four million next year – at a higher rate than in the 1980s
Every tenth adult visited a hairdresser or hairdresser in the first week of July after the block was loosened
Split ends and beards were cut in large numbers after the reopening of hairdressers and hairdressers. A survey showed that about one in ten adults attended appointments.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), nine percent of adults in the UK visited a hair salon or barber the week after July 1.
Another 10 percent ate or drank in a restaurant, cafe, bar, or pub, while 15 percent collected takeaway food from these facilities.
The survey, which analyzed the responses of 1,743 people between July 8th and 12th, asked about the behavior the previous week while easing the restrictions on blocking.
Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England could be reopened for the first time since the blockade on July 4th when salons and hairdressers opened their doors.
Men were more likely to eat out or take away while more women were visiting salons, the ONS noted.
The wedding restrictions in England are also lifted to allow up to 30 people to attend receptions.
Regarding the reopening of stadiums for sports and music events, Mr. Johnson said that the timing would depend on the outcome of the pilots, but the ministers had scheduled October.
He said: "We will resume indoor performances for a live audience, depending on the success of the pilots, and we will also steer larger gatherings in venues such as sports stadiums to reopen in the fall."
He added: “Starting in October, we want to bring the audience back to the stadiums and enable conferences and other business events to resume.
"These changes must also be made safely by Covid if the pilots are successful."
Mr. Johnson said he hoped the government could recommend that families and friends get in touch again in the coming months.
"During this time, we will try to allow closer contact between friends and family wherever we can," he said.
"I sincerely and sincerely hope that we can review the pending restrictions and that we can return to normality in November at the earliest, possibly in time for Christmas."
Despite the prime minister's optimistic schedule, Mr. Johnson also warned that Britain must be ready to deal with infection spikes when it established new powers for councils to impose "lightning strikes".
He said that the local authorities will be able to close public outdoor areas and cancel events as of tomorrow if there is a need to stop an outbreak.
In the meantime, new powers are also preferred to allow ministers to impose stricter local restrictions, including orders to stay at home.
Mr. Johnson said, “As of tomorrow, the local authorities will have new powers in their areas. You can close certain rooms, close public outdoor areas and cancel events.
“These powers will enable local authorities to respond more quickly to outbreaks where speed is paramount.
“The measures taken by local councils will not always be enough. That is why next week we will publish draft regulations on how the central government can intervene more effectively at local level.
"If justified by the evidence, ministers can close entire sectors or types of premises in an area, introduce local home stay orders, prevent people from entering or leaving certain areas, and the size of assemblies beyond national set rules or limit traffic systems in local areas. "
The number of deaths announced each day is higher than reality, scientists say, because not all of them actually died from Covid-19 – some tested positive weeks or months ago and died for other reasons, but are always still included in the list
Scientists say if a vaccine were developed it would have to be 60 to 70 percent covered – but this threshold could be significantly lower for natural immunity, as the most vulnerable are always the first to be exposed to the virus, and if so it cannot infect them, it cannot spread to the less vulnerable groups
Britain may already have herd immunity to coronavirus
Britain may already have herd immunity to Covid-19 because so many people have had similar diseases in the past, according to a study.
Experts have found that the infection looks very similar to other, milder strains of coronaviruses that cause coughs and colds and circulate regularly.
Britons who have had this in the past may have some level of "cross protection", which means that Covid-19 does not seriously harm them.
While people are unlikely to be completely protected from infection at all, background immunity could make their disease less serious and death less likely.
Theories that even colds can protect people from the corona virus have been floating around for months, raising hopes of a milder second wave.
Combined with the fact that millions of people were infected in the first wave of the pandemic, this could mean that Britain is already protected from yet another deadly wave.
The concept of herd immunity – in which so many people are immune to a virus that it cannot spread – is controversial because there is no scientific evidence that people who have had Covid-19 cannot get it again.
However, scientists have argued that if immunity develops, the percentage of people who must have it could be as low as 20 or even 10 percent.
And Britain could already reach this level, said the Oxford University paper, adding: “(Immunity) measures of 10 to 20 percent are fully compatible with local immunity levels that have reached or even exceeded the (herd immunity threshold) in the In In this case, the risk and extent of the resurgence is lower than currently assumed. "
The Prime Minister today acknowledged the danger of a second wave of corona viruses this winter.
Sources had said he was determined to avoid the fate of several US states in which cases of the virus skyrocket after restrictions were eased too quickly.
The Prime Minister hopes that additional GBP 3 billion will ensure that healthcare is prepared for a possible increase in infections.
It comes after a report commissioned by Sir Patrick warned that there could be 120,000 hospital deaths this winter in a “reasonable worst-case scenario”.
Mr. Johnson confirmed the £ 3 billion additional funding and said: “Testing demand is not the only challenge that winter will bring. It is possible that the virus will become more virulent in the winter months and it is certain that the NHS will be exposed to the usual annual winter pressures. & # 39;
He added: “We make sure we are ready for winter and plan the worst. But even if we plan the worst, I firmly believe that we should hope for the best.
"That means looking ahead with optimism and now expanding our plan to lift the remaining national measures that have restricted our lives since March so we can go back to something closer to normal life."
Mr. Johnson today published an additional chapter on the government's road map to recovery from the crisis.
Earlier this week, in the report of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Mr. Johnson was warned that measures must now be taken to reduce the potential for a second peak, including the expansion of the test and trace system.
The research said capacity for 350,000 tests a day is needed to test people because they show symptoms of Covid-19 or flu.
According to the latest government figures, the capacity was close to 338,000, but Mr. Johnson has today committed to increasing it to half a million by the end of October to strengthen Test and Trace.
Mr. Johnson's hopes of returning to normal life by Christmas were rejected by Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, who described the forecast as "a fairly sunny view of the circumstances."
The First Minister referred to reports that, due to the way Covid-19 circulates, predicted a "worse experience" in winter than in spring.
"While we are able, we will continue to unlock barriers in Wales and move back to something that looks a bit more like it did before the virus," said Drakeford.
"Can we be sure that we will still be able to do this in the depths of winter?
"I think you have to be fairly optimistic about the advice we had to take as a realistic proposal."
Matt Hancock initiates an urgent public health England fiasco review, as it is known that anyone who has died after testing positive for Covid-19 will be classified as "coronavirus death", even if it is by one Bus was hit
Health Minister Matt Hancock has today instructed Public Health England to review the way in which deaths are counted due to a "statistical error", which means that officials "exaggerate" the daily toll.
PHE counts people as victims if for some reason they die after a positive test for Covid-19 – even if they were hit by a bus months after fighting the life-threatening infection, top scientists announced last night.
The method is probably why the daily death toll in England does not decrease quickly because survivors never really recover from the disease, since their death is due to the coronavirus, regardless of its actual cause.
One of the leading experts who had uncovered the bug told MailOnline that his "best guess" was that more than 1,000 people were wrongly registering the death of Covid-19.
Dr. Yoon Loke, a pharmacologist at the University of East Anglia, warned that "this is not a good data collection method" has had a significant impact in the past two months and is because PHE "has chosen a quick and easy technique". .
And the daily death toll could not go to zero "for the coming months" because many older people have defeated Covid-19, but will die for other reasons, added Dr. Loke added. He discovered the mistake alongside Professor Carl Heneghan from Oxford University.
Dr. Loke said: "According to this PHE definition, no one in England can ever recover from his illness with Covid."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a press conference today that the Minister of Health instructed PHE to review the way in which human deaths are counted.
It comes after a number of mistakes at PHE, including stopping testing and tracing back to the peak of the UK outbreak. Tory MP David Davis told MailOnline this month that the organization had "totally messed up" the Covid 19 tests.
Dr.'s analysis Loke shows that deaths in all settings (red bar) in England are still very high, even if deaths in hospitals (blue bar) – which, according to the National Statistics Office, should make up two thirds of the total – have decreased
COVID-19 was still the third leading cause of death in June
Covid-19 was still the third leading cause of death in England and Wales in June. Dementia and Alzheimer's took the lead on the most common underlying cause of death, followed by heart disease. The most common causes of death are given per 100,000 inhabitants
Covid-19 was still the third leading cause of death in England and Wales in June, even though the darkest days of the crisis are over.
One in 14 deaths was caused by the corona virus in June – in the same month, number 10 began to loosen strict blocking measures.
The disease has been recorded on 2,525 death certificates, meaning that 50,335 confirmed or suspected Covid 19 deaths have been registered in the course of the pandemic.
However, coronavirus deaths were significantly lower in June than in May, when the life-threatening infection accounted for one fifth of all deaths.
And it's the first time since March that the coronavirus wasn't the leading cause of death, according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) data released today.
Dementia and Alzheimer's took the lead on the most common underlying cause of death in June, accounting for 10 percent of deaths.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said today: "The Secretary of Health has asked Public Health England to conduct an urgent review of death statistics reporting to clarify the number of deaths related to Covid-19 when we peak the virus. & # 39;
The way PHE counts victims daily works by reviewing records of people who have had positive Covid-19 tests in the past to determine if they have died. If so, her death is automatically added to the number of corona viruses.
For example, if someone tested positive in April but recovered and was hit by a bus in July, they are still counted as a Covid 19 victim.
Dr. Loke pointed out that all 292,000 people who have tested positive so far are included in the death rate of Covid-19 if PHE does not change their system when they eventually die.
The Department of Health, which uses PHE data for its daily announcements, has so far counted 45,119 deaths, 66 of which were announced yesterday.
The “statistical error” should not have a drastic impact on the total number of deaths, but it means that the ongoing death toll appears worse than reality.
The National Statistics Office – which is not affected by the counting method – has confirmed that by July 3, at least 50,698 people had died in England and Wales.
Public Health England admitted that it counts the deaths of people who test positive for Covid-19 regardless of how long they die afterwards.
Dr. Loke said, "It appears that PHE regularly looks for people in the NHS database who have ever tested positive and simply checks to see if they are still alive or not.
& # 39; PHE does not seem to take into account how long ago the Covid 19 test result occurred and whether the person was successfully treated in hospital and discharged to the community.
"Anyone who tested positive for Covid 19 but later died for any reason will be included in the PHE Covid 19 death toll …" even if they had a heart attack or were hit by a bus three months later. & # 39;
The pharmacologist, who posted his results in a blog post last night, said the bizarre way of recording deaths is why there are so big differences in daily numbers. For example, 16 deaths were recorded on Monday, July 6, while 152 deaths were announced the next day, July 7.
The Ministry of Health has blamed low numbers on Sundays and Mondays for a “weekend effect”, which means the paperwork is not done.
However, academics are increasingly confused as to why there are such wild differences and why the number of deaths seems to remain so high.
Health Minister Matt Hancock has called for an urgent review of how public health England deaths are counted
WHAT'S PUBLIC HEALTH UNDER FIRE?
Public Health England was on the firing line over a series of dubious decisions made during the coronavirus pandemic.
END TEST & TRACE
When the first cases of coronavirus occurred in the UK, the government's policy was to test anyone who had symptoms when they returned from abroad and to track down people they had come into contact with.
On March 12, however, testing and contact tracking were completely discontinued. PHE was no longer able to test the number of people who came to the country halfway infected with the virus after traveling to Italy and France.
The decision has since been classified as catastrophic and is contributing to the devastating outbreak of Britain.
& # 39;THEY WERE CONTROLLED & # 39;
Conservative MP David Davis told MailOnline earlier this month that Public Health England had overridden and confused control over coronavirus testing.
The Tory MP said: “You totally messed up the test arrangements. They were over-centralized, over-controlled and severely restricted our ability to test. & # 39;
He warned of the decision, which was heavily criticized by top scientists at the time, and then hindered later decisions and was "just the wrong thing".
"Before the winter crisis, the government has to reorganize this, be it removing or removing some powers and handing them over to others," he added.
OVERVIEW OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Public Health England had too much power over testing and contact tracking and should have delegated it to local authorities, an expert said.
Professor John Ashton, a former director of public health, said the UK should have followed Cuba's example where local teams went door-to-door to screen people for coronavirus.
He said: “Local health levels have been neglected. I think we missed an opportunity because we should have used primary care, local government and volunteers more …
"Instead, we chose a very top-down, London-centered approach."
And it just seems that everyone who dies after being enrolled in a register of people who test positive is classified as a victim.
It is currently impossible to know how many of the deaths announced by the Ministry of Health were not directly caused by Covid-19.
Dr. Loke told MailOnline: “This is a very serious issue for public trust.
“If you go to social media, you will see hundreds of posts from rightly scared people petrified by the seemingly relentless, unrelenting daily death toll in England. The public is afraid.
“The public is asking why England is doing so badly, although the truth is that NHS health professionals are doing an excellent job of securing thousands of Covid survivors. The statistics here mislead the public.
& # 39; Because of this huge error in statistics and the fact that tens of thousands of older people are being monitored, there will be a very long tail of daily deaths.
& # 39; The death toll will decrease extremely slowly. It will certainly not go to zero in the coming months, as older people who have recovered from Covid-19 will unfortunately still succumb to other diseases. & # 39;
Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr. Jason Oke, a researcher at Oxford University who reviewed the work of Dr. Loke posted on their website, saying that officials appear to also be spreading historical deaths, adding only to those that are happening.
The couple pointed out that NHS England's death rates, which are accurate about three days after the date in question, are too low to match PHE's numbers.
According to the National Statistics Office, hospital deaths now account for around 60 percent of all deaths on a given day.
On June 30, NHS England had 27 deaths. If this were 60 percent of all deaths on that day, the total would be 45.
However, the Ministry of Health announced 115 more deaths that day using the data from PHE.
Dr. Loke now suggests that these massively inflated numbers are due to the fact that PHE counts people who have died outside the hospital but have not died of coronavirus at all.
He wrote: & # 39; PHE data confirm that Over 125,000 patients have been enrolled for Covid-19 in NHS hospitals, with the majority successfully treated and discharged.
“There are currently less than 1,900 patients in the hospital. Around 80,000 recovered patients in the community continue to be monitored by PHE for daily death statistics.
"More and more people (mainly in the older age group) are being released into the community, but they can clearly die from other diseases."
Dr. Loke said it would be a "sensible approach" to set a three-week period to blame coronavirus for the death of a person who is not in the hospital.
Public Health England informed MailOnline that the World Health Organization had not set a deadline for counting deaths caused by Covid-19 and that this was "still being reviewed".
It has been admitted that coronavirus death is a death that happens to anyone who has previously tested positive, regardless of how long the test was.
The "vast majority" of deaths from Covid-19 had been correctly identified.
Dr. Loke added: “This statistical error is due to the fact that PHE chose a quick and easy technique.
& # 39; Your statistical method is pretty accurate at the beginning of the pandemic when there weren't many people in the community who survived Covid.
“However, PHE has not – and not yet – recognized that glaring inaccuracies occur when tens of thousands of frail older people are released from the hospital, and unfortunately, these Covid survivors die from other, non-Covid-related causes.
"Like most things that are a quick fix, the surveillance system eventually becomes gibberish and needs to be thoroughly redesigned to implement a permanent fix."
Dr. Susan Hopkins, Incident Director of Public Health England, said: “While this may seem straightforward, there is no WHO-agreed method of counting deaths from Covid-19.
& # 39; In England, we count all those who have passed a positive Covid 19 test at any time to ensure that our data is as complete as possible.
“We have to remember that this is a new and emerging infection and that there are increasing indications of long-term health problems in some people. As this knowledge grows, now is the time to check how deaths are calculated. & # 39;
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