Excess death figures show thousands more Covid fatalities in England than official record

Published on November 18, 2020 by

The government’s official figures show more than 50,000 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK. However another measure – the excess death figures – suggest that more than 71,000 people have died from the virus.

Excess deaths is the difference between deaths this year – and the average number over the past 5 years.

The latest figures also underline the differences across the UK during this second wave of the pandemic, with north-west England recording over a third more deaths than usual, while London has seen no difference at all.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym.

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