At least 26,000 more people than usual have died at home during the coronavirus pandemic in England and Wales. The number, which includes deaths between March and September, is a surge of 43.6% on the average.
Despite this dramatic increase, just 3.3% were linked to COVID-19 leading experts to believe people were afraid of visiting hospital for non-coronavirus related illnesses. Heart disease was the biggest cause of death, followed by cancers and dementia.
Conservative MPS today said the figure clearly showed the ‘other coronavirus death toll’ and called on Number 10 to provide a cost-benefit analysis over decisions to shut down the economy and suppress COVID-19.