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

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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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