Facing the aftermath - excess deaths are rising - but not due to Covid

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that more people are dying each week in England and Wales than would normally be expected but that for the vast majority Covid is not the cause.

The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) in Oxford display this disturbing data in what is called a Florence Nightingale diagram. This enables you to see clearly the trend differences in the annual rates of excess deaths - as well as when they happened! The latest figures show that for week 26, July 2022, the rate is 12.2% above the five year average.

Update: as of week 30 the rate of excess deaths has increased to 18% higher, and the CEBM are calling for an urgent investigation.

Deaths rising despite Covid deaths falling

The data shows that in the week ending 24th June there were 1,540 excess deaths but only around 10% were due to Covid. Before the end of March deaths in England and Wales were lower than usual, but in the last three months this situation has reversed, with overall deaths rising despite Covid deaths falling.

Health experts are now calling for an urgent investigation into what is behind these figures. There is concern that the response to the pandemic, the immuno-epidemiological consequences of the mass vaccination experiment, and in particular the prolonged lockdown, long waiting lists for treatment and lack of access to healthcare are to blame.

In addition, the ONS reported 752 excess deaths occurring in the home in the latest week, 30% more than usual and more than hospitals and care homes put together.

Commenting for the Daily Telegraph, London GP Dr Charles Levenson said,"

Dr Levenson added: "The reasons behind these horrific numbers are complicated and none of us fully understand them, so that is exactly why there should be an urgent and comprehensive Government inquiry.

"If anything, the situation seems to be worsening. Considering the relentless focus on one virus for more than two years, requesting answers from Government on thousands and thousands of non-Covid excess deaths is entirely reasonable." 

From a more psychological perspective there is also concern about the relationship between excess deaths and deprivation exacerbated by the current financial situation. Dr Amarjit Raindi stresses, that regardless of how difficult situations may appear, the importance of always placing health first should not be underestimated. He says, "Health comes first, work can wait!".

From a more philosophical point of view, in his article on the impact of the strategies being implemented at a global level by the new technocracy, Dr L Stirling points out the harm done via, "the encouragement of ‘put up and shut up’ stoicism in the ordinary population".

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