If you look at the charts shown at the daily briefing you'll see that the reported covid deaths include those of anybody tested positive for covid, even if that's not what killed them, and anyone 'suspected' of having covid, even if they haven't been tested. The figures do come across as being a bit skewed and thus questionable. I think a good number of people who have died and had their death put down as a result of covid didn't die of it.That seems strange. However I will accept it. Why aren’t Ministers explaining this?
Stabbings and car accidents shown as COVID deaths, seems an easy thing for them to get across during a briefing.
One other thing that muddies the waters is that there is seldom any separation of data between those who have die of covid in care homes from those who have died of it in the wider community. It is very difficult to compare where we are at the moment compared to where we were at the peak, when care home deaths weren't included in the daily figures. Let's be honest, a lot of people in care homes are circling the drain and it is only a matter of time before they roll a 7. They already have weakened immunity systems and if not covid then something else will help them on their way. The elderly are at the highest risk and some of the hospital deaths will have been from somebody taken there from a care home or if not from a care home then from being cared for at their or another family member's home.
I think a more useful measure would be to see how many daily hospital admissions and deaths there are grouped by age rather than setting and this would give us a better indication on the affect of the virus in the wider community.