Accuracy Of COVID-19 Data.

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

This is a request for information pursuant s.1 Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I draw your attention to the following.

[https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

Paraphrasing from the article, the following is somewhat confusing in terms of the accuracy of data. "... if before death the patient had symptoms typical of COVID19 infection, but the test result has not been received, it would be satisfactory to give ‘COVID-19’ as the cause of death."

It is well established that there are no symptoms typical to Covid-19, the symptoms attributed to Covid-19 are known to be featured in other viruses, in bacterial infections and other diseases.

The information I now require is the following.

1. The total number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 as confirmed in a laboratory test and the name of the specific laboratory test.
2. The total number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 but not confirmed in a laboratory test, thereby assumed or presumed without evidence that the virus was the cause and effect of a death.

Without separate figures, there is a suspicion that the data is being fraudulently padded or inflated.

Yours faithfully,

P Newton

system@share.ons.gov.uk,

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Our Reference: vFOI/2020/0520

 

Dear P. Newton,

 

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to number of COVID-19
deaths confirmed by a test compared to those who had no test.

 

I am writing to confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested and the
response can be found here:

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transpare...

 

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For information on Coronavirus, please visit [2]ONS.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

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