There is a flat out lie about COVID deaths circulating today saying we have switched the measure overnight to using 60-days. We have been reporting on both 60 and 28 since August. Both are on the dashboard and are clearly marked. The headline metric remains the 28-day measure.
More info on the different measures and what they would be used for…
The number of deaths that occur within 60 days of a first positive test and deaths that occur after 60 days if COVID-19 appears on the death certificate are added together to provide a more complete measure of the burden of the disease over time.
It is the 60-day measure that PHE has produced a detailed report on today…
This does not change the position that the headline metric for daily monitoring is the 28-day measure reported on and it is this measure that had 1,564 deaths reported today.

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