Data showing reason behind deaths being moved from 1019 into 2020

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

Could you please explain why deaths from 27th December 2019 up until 1st Jan 2020 were included in the deaths (1st week of 2020)?

I would safely add that deaths from at least 24th/25th and 26th December 2019 would have been added to 27th December figures too due to the holidays. Potentially shifting approx 12000-15,000 - deaths into the start of 2020. Creating a swing of deaths from approx 24,000- 30,000 deaths between the years of 2019 & 2020. Creating false excess deaths in early 2020, the start of the claimed pandemic. This has never happened before in the 20 previous years according to ONS data.

Who was responsible within ONS for this?


gavin roberts

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Our Reference: FOI/2021/2807


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