This was widely reported as zero new deaths for two days in a row, and indeed that line was trumpeted by the Prime Minister
"Only the cases in which the date of death is the day before the time of writing this report are added to the total on a daily basis"
Not *registered* the day before, *happened* the day before.
Given how long it takes deaths to be registered, especially in a system with autonomous regions, this is absurd.
They just ... don’t add those deaths in.
They still haven’t been added to the cumulative total.
As @JVLazarus told me, "The figures are driving us crazy" and "causing a false sense of security among the population."
This week UK reported 111 new deaths while quietly increasing overall total by 556. Not good, but it’s standard practice when new info emerges, and doesn’t paint artificially rosy picture
England would have reported deaths in the teens and 20s all week. 152 for the week, instead of 995.
But we don’t know what the true number is. We have no idea.
• Government health officials know the problem with the daily numbers
• The government has loudly hailed zero deaths as a success
It’s increasingly clear these orgs just launder dodgy data. Add a badge of reliability to junk figures. Zero due diligence.