COVID-19: Death Data in England – update 2nd July
July 2, 2020
Jason Oke, Carl Heneghan
NHS England releases data at 2 pm each day and reports daily count up to the previous day as well as a total figure. We wrote about the problems with reconciling the different data here:
Today’s reported figure is 35 deaths in England: 29 (83%)in the last week
For comparison: the reported deaths in hospitals in England on the same weekday were:
Number of deaths by date
The absolute rate of change in hospital admissions in England and the 7-day moving average help understand the trend.
Reports of no deaths
There were 50 (38%) Hospital Trusts* with no deaths reported in the last 7 days, 88 (73%) reported no deaths in the last 48 hours. In 67 (51%) Trusts no deaths have occurred in the last 7 days.
*The sample includes 131 Type 1 A&E departments that are consultant-led 24-hour service with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation for the reception of accident and emergency patients.
Note: the y-axis for the age graphs have been adjusted to allow for comparisons (in previous days the axis were different scales).
The reporting of deaths by NHS England underestimate those reported by the Office for National Statistics – One reason for this is NHS England’s data does not include deaths reported outside hospitals.
Jason Oke is a Senior Statistician at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Module Coordinator for Statistical Computing with R and Stata (EBHC Med Stats), and Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research (EBHC), as part of the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme.
Carl Heneghan is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of Studies for the Evidence-Based Health Care Programmes (Full bio and disclosure statement here)
Disclaimer: the article has not been peer-reviewed; it should not replace individual clinical judgement, and the sources cited should be checked. The views expressed in this commentary represent the views of the authors and not necessarily those of the host institution, the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care. The views are not a substitute