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    UK statement on COVID-19 death statistics
    April 29, 2020
    12:14 PM EDT

    LONDON — Following is a statement from Public Health England (PHE) on COVID-19 deaths.

    “Public Health England (PHE) has developed a new method of reporting daily COVID-19 deaths, to give a more complete number of those who have died from the virus.

    “For the first time from today, the Government’s daily figure will include deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already report out of hospital deaths.

    “Today’s figures have been revised retrospectively by PHE since the first death on 2 March 2020 to include additional data sources. This will bring the total number of deaths in the UK to 26,097 from 2 March until 28 April, including 765 deaths reported in the 24 hours to 5pm on 28 April.

    “PHE has now reported an additional 3,811 deaths since the start of the outbreak. Of these, around 70% were outside hospital settings and around 30% were in hospital. The additional hospital deaths have been identified through PHE’s laboratory system and were not reported to NHSE.

    “The total number of deaths reported by PHE is approximately 17% higher than previous data showed.

    “It is important to note that this does not indicate a sudden one day increase and is broadly in line with trends seen by the ONS in their data, which already reports out of hospital deaths.”

    Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at PHE, said:

    “Every death from COVID-19 is a tragedy. Tracking the daily death count is vital to help us understand the impact of the disease...