MORE than 1,000 people were dying each day for 22 consecutive days during the height of the coronavirus crisis, the latest figures show.
Britain’s darkest day was on April 8 when 1,445 people died in 24 hours.
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More than 1,000 people were dying a day during the height of the coronavirus crisis in the UK [/caption]
The grim figures reflect deaths in hospitals, care homes and private homes.
At the time, the daily death toll only took hospital fatalities into account.
New analysis of figures published by the Office of National Statistics, the National Records of Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency shows that more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths occurred a day for 22 consecutive days.
When Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stepped for Boris Johnson, who was in hospital battling the killer bug, he announced on the April 9 the number of deaths had risen by 881.
This means the true figure was some 64 per cent greater than what was announced at the time, The Guardian reports.
Three days earlier, Mr Raab announced the increase in daily deaths was 439, but the latest figures show it was in fact 1,210.
More than 1,000 people succumbed to coronavirus each day between April 2 and April 23.
Between those dates, 26,566 people died – which is more than half the total death toll of 52,161 deaths to 5 June.
At the time the daily death tolls were announced, it only took into account those who died in hospitals – excluding thousands of those who died outside those settings.
The change to include deaths in all settings, including those without a Covid-19 test, was only made on April 29.
The Department Health has said it was technically challenging and time-consuming to gather all the data.
Since then, the daily death toll has dropped significantly and sometimes even to just double figures as Britain has passed the peak of the crisis.
Yesterday’s daily rise in deaths from the Department of Health was 173.
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A government spokesperson told The Guradian:”Every death is a tragedy, and our deepest sympathies go out to all the families who have lost loved ones.
“We have always been transparent about the way we report Covid-19 deaths and it is wrong to suggest we would in any way attempt to play down the scale of this global pandemic.
“The government’s daily figures and the ONS data count different things, which we have always fully explained and clearly reported.”
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