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Almost 3,000 Covid deaths added to UK total after discovery of data error

Almost 3,000 Covid-19 deaths have been added to the UK’s official figures after the discovery of a data error.


The cumulative number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus rose by an extra 2,714 on Wednesday, in addition to 233 newly reported deaths.

It means the total number of deaths in the UK within 28 days of a positive test is 169,095.


The UK Health Security Agency said: “Due to a data processing error, a number of people who died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test were not reported in a timely manner.”

The 2,714 deaths, all of which occurred in England this year, were added retrospectively to the government’s coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday evening.


The revision to the figures narrows the gap slightly between the government’s preferred death toll, based only on people who have died within 28 days of testing positive, and the number of people who have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate, which is published by the Office for National Statistics and stands at just over 190,000.


Both measures of Covid-19 mortality have shown a slight increase in recent weeks in the number of deaths occurring each day in the UK, reflecting the impact of the surge of infections driven by the Omicron variant.


The daily death toll remains well below levels reached during the first and second waves of the virus.



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