(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Secretary Matt Hancock today has called for an ‘ Urgent Review ‘ into how #COVID19 deaths have been reported by PHE may have included people who tested positive mo nths before they died #AceHealthDesk report | Ace News Services

Prof Carl Heneghan from University of Oxford, who spotted the issue with the data, told the BBC there was “huge variation” in the numbers of daily deaths reported in England by PHE: While NHS England currently reports 30-35 deaths per day, Public Health England (PHE) data often shows double that or more, he said: The reason is that anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus but then died at a later date of another cause would still be included in PHE’s Covid-19 death figures: “By this PHE definition, no one with Covid in England is allowed to ever recover from their illness,” Prof Heneghan says…………”We need correct and accurate statistics so we can really understand the trend – otherwise it’s very difficult to know what’s going on,” he added:“As we go into the winter, it will get incredibly confusing and concerning if you have an increase in deaths while you are still counting and combining deaths from within the first phase,” Prof Heneghan said: “This means we might be unable to detect early trends in rising deaths if we put them down to historical deaths due to the inadequacies of the current system.”

Source: (LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Secretary Matt Hancock today has called for an ‘ Urgent Review ‘ into how #COVID19 deaths have been reported by PHE may have included people who tested positive mo nths before they died #AceHealthDesk report | Ace News Services