COVID19 Mortality and Testing Numbers.

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

Please could you tell me how many UK citizens have been tested for the presence
of COVID19 and the results of these tests in both 2019 and 2020?

Please could you tell me how many UK Citizens have lost their lives exclusively as a consequence of COVID19 infection?

Please could you separate the above numbers into the following age groups and again into gender ie. M/F?

Birth to 15 years of age.

16 to 25 years of age.

26 to 65 years of age.

Over 65 years of age.

Please could you confirm that all the above Covid19 tests were conducted using the same methodology that would definitely not give positive readings from any previous Coronavirus linked infections?

Finally please could you indicate when any previous Coronavirus infections occurred in the UK?

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts.

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I'm not sure whether the message I received from yourselves was an acknowledgement of receipt of my FOI Request or not.

It read more like a system failure message.

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts.

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

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Acknowledgment received.

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

 

Our Reference: FOI/2020/0885

 

Dear Peter

 

​Thank you for your request.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey began on 26 April 2020. The
study provides estimates of the number of people within the community
population that has had coronavirus (COVID-19), in the most recent week
and since the study began.

In the [1]data set accompanying our [2]latest bulletin you can find the
following data:

o Our modelled daily positivity rates on tab 1b, for the period 26 April
– 1 October 2020
o Our modelled daily positivity rates by age on tab 1g, for the period
21 August – 1 October 2020.

The [3]August edition dataset accompanying our [4]characteristics
article on 18 August contains our latest information on sex alone. Data is
presented on tab 6 and is for the period 26 April to 26 July. We have not
conducted analysis for age by sex.

Please note these are estimates from the COVID-19 Infection survey. NHS
test and trace (England) and Coronavirus testing (UK) provide daily
statistics on the recorded number of individuals having tested positive
for coronavirus (COVID-19). The test and trace publication provides
statistics weekly, the latest report can be found [5]here.  

The survey follows standard sampling methods by which household are
randomly selected from a commercially available source such as
AddressBase, which is maintained by the Ordnance Survey, or equivalent
databases including in the Devolved Administrations. This will ensure that
the sample remains representative in terms of the country throughout its
duration.

The RT-PCR test for virus is being used as a diagnostic for infection. In
individuals who have been infected and recovered, RT-PCR provides no
information about prior exposure or immunity. The RT-PCR test uses the N
gene, S gene and ORF1ab gene sequences that are specific to SARS-CoV-2 and
would not identify as positive for other known coronaviruses (eg those
causing the common cold, [6]CoV-HKU1, or [7]HCoV-OC43 or coronaviruses
like MERS-CoV).

Normally an infectious virus is only detectable in the upper respiratory
tract the day before, to on average, 5-6 days after symptoms appear,
longer if the infection descends to the lung (on average 13-14 days after
the first appearance of upper respiratory tract infection). Therefore nose
and throat swab tests are unlikely to pick up virus from previous
infections (i.e., from March/April).

We are responsible for the production of Mortality data for England and
Wales, this is driven by information collected from the death certificate
at death registration.

We have been producing [8]Deaths involving COVID-19, England and Wales in
the response to COVID-19. This publication provides a greater insight into
the leading underlying causes of death groups for deaths occurring in
England and Wales between March and June 2020. Figures for COVID-19 deaths
with no underlying health conditions are available on table 5, this means
where no other underlying condition was listed on the death certificate.
Here are the figures below:

o No pre-existing condition: England and Wales – 4476

We are unable to provide you with the age breakdown you have requested,
aggregating by smaller age groups will produce small counts in some causes
of death. We can provide information for age bands from 0-44, then five
year age bands up to 90+ thereafter, this is available in table 6a.

Provisional monthly death registration data for England and Wales, broken
down by sex, age and country are now available in this monthly
publication: [9]Monthly mortality analysis, England and Wales. This
publication contains data from July onwards and includes deaths due to
COVID-19 and leading causes of death.

We are no longer publishing monthly COVID deaths with details around the
death such as pre-existing conditions or no underlying cause due to the
decrease in the number of COVID-19 related deaths. Whilst the number of
infections appear to be rising, the number of COVID-19 deaths from July
onwards are very small and poses a disclosure risk, making it entirely
possible to identify individual records.

We will certainly look to publish this data again should there be a
significant rise in deaths, this is required for us to avoid risk of
disclosure. We are constantly reassessing this to see how we can continue
to publish analysis to inform users.

If you would like to discuss these statistics further, please
contact [10][email address]

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Many thanks for your response.

We are studying the content.

Dear FOI Team,

Many thanks for your detailed response to my concerns.

My major concern is the statistic you provide of the number of citizens who died in England and Wales with no underlying conditions, only a prior to death positive SARS-Cov-2 test indicating COVID19 mentioned on the death certificate between March and June, 2020, stated by yourselves as 4476.

Could you please confirm whether this number of 4476 includes victims of road traffic accident injuries, serious assaults, suicides, drownings and similar mishaps who happened to have tested COVID-19 positive within 28 days of death?

Please could you clarify how many citizens of England and Wales passed away between March and June, 2020 without a positive Covid-19 result being registered within 28 days of death?

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

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FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your request for further information.

We have logged this as a new FOI request. You should receive our automated response shortly.

Kind regards,
The Freedom of Information Team
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Dear FOI Team,

Please could you direct me to any update to your latest response to this FOI Request since your reply of the 11th November, 2020.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your email.

We received your new Freedom of Information request on 10/11/2020. Freedom of Information requests are required, by law, to be responded to within 20 working days. This does not include weekend days and bank holidays. Therefore, your request is due back to you no later than 08/12/2020.

Should we experience any issues with getting our response to you by this date, we will keep you informed.

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Another Acknowledgment received.

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Our Reference: FOI/2020/1028

 

Dear Peter

 

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to whether COVID-19
deaths with no underlying health conditions tested positive.

 

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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Dear FOI Team,

Many thanks for all your help in answering this FOI Request.
I will be pursuing the lines of enquiry you recommend to PHE to ascertain the answer to my outstanding questions.
Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.