No new Covid-19 deaths have been recorded at Ormskirk and Southport NHS Trust hospitals today, and all other Lancashire hospitals remain clear . The number of Covid-19 patients to die in UK hospitals has risen by 13.
An urgent review has been ordered into how the daily coronavirus death figures are calculated after it was claimed the current method does not take into account the fact that some people may have recovered from COVID-19 and died of a different cause.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has asked for the examination of Public Health England’s (PHE) data – said by researchers to include a “statistical anomaly” by which “no one can ever recover from COVID-19 in England”.
The government’s own figures show there have been 45,119 COVID-19 associated deaths across the UK. But that tally is feared to be inaccurate due to the way coronavirus deaths are recorded in England.
Explaining the “strange anomaly”, Sky News’ Rowland Manthorpe said “Essentially, there is no way to recover, statistically. So, if I tested positive for COVID-19 today and then I got hit by a bus tomorrow, then COVID-19 would be listed as my cause of death”.
A government source confirmed that PHE’s current method of calculation means if a person was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 but subsequently died of unrelated causes, their death would still be counted as part of PHE’s daily coronavirus death tally.