Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
I would like to know why the UK has the third highest death rate (per head) after San Marino and Belgium.
Our ref: DE-1248124
Dear Ms Farmer,
Thank you for your correspondence of 7 August about COVID-19 statistics. I
have been asked to reply.
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general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
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life. However, it is vital those who are most vulnerable are protected,
and people are therefore being asked to act in the interests of everyone
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The situation is evolving, and Government guidance and advice may change.
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I hope this reply is helpful.
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
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