COVID-19 Deaths and Statistical Error

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Nicholas Wells

Dear Office for National Statistics,

This request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In relation to the published deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional from 23 March 2020 to 06 May 2020, or to the latest date available to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) if it differs from this date, what statistical error does the ONS apply to the deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

This request is made in light of the publicly available studies, reports and articles relating to the inaccuracies of the RT-PCR tests used to determine presence of COVID-19 and the lack of a positive test result being required to enable COVID-19 to be added as a cause or probable cause of death on a Certification of Death (also referred to as Death Certificate).

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Wells

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Our Reference: FOI/2020/0475

 

Dear Nicholas,

 

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to the statistical
error ONS apply to COVID-19 deaths to account for inaccurate testing.

 

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