Dear Office for National Statistics,
Please provide me with,
The latest projection of deaths in England for the year July 2019-June 2020 from the most recent official projections before COVID19,
The actual number of registered deaths in England over that period,
The number of excess deaths calculated as actual deaths minus projected deaths,
The number of those registered deaths where COVID19 was involved according to the death certificate.
Our Reference: FOI/2020/1116
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Dear FOI Team,
Thanks for answering part of my request.
The link you supplied to 'projected deaths' actually linked to projected mortality rates but I spent some time exploring your website and found the figures that I think should be used. I believe that the latest official projected deaths for England (before Covid19) for July 2019 to June 2020 is 510 thousand. Please tell me if I've picked up the wrong figures.
You provided the Covid19 deaths figures though the Excel file with the numbers had these formatted as text. After converting these to numbers I arrive at a total of 50 thousand for January to June 2020.
Putting the numbers together to produce the third part of my request I arrive at:
Projected deaths: 510 thousand
Actual deaths: 557 thousand
Excess deaths = 47 thousand.
Covid deaths : 50 thousand
So deaths were actually 3 thousand lower than expected in 2019/20 after taking out the deaths attributed to Covid19.
Is that right?
Dear FOI Team,
I've been waiting nearly 7 weeks for you to supply the official projection of deaths in England before Covid19. Would it speed matters up if I asked for an internal review?
Good afternoon Mr Harrison
Thank you for your response.
The ONS Population statistics team complete population progression
estimates using the mortality rates as part of their publications, this is
the link that we provided within the initial FOI response. Unfortunately,
we do not publish or calculate death projections, therefore we consider
this information not held.
However, if this is of any assistance to you, we do report excess deaths
for 2020 weekly as part of our Deaths registered weekly in England and
Wales: publication, in figure 6 using the Download the data option.
Anne Baker | Senior Customer Service and Data Release Manager | Health
Analysis and Pandemic Insight | Public Policy Analysis
Office for National Statistics | Swyddfa Ystadegau Gwladol
Thanks for your reply. I've had another hunt around your website and found this link
That seems to be projected numbers of deaths. Can ONS please confirm whether the figure I quoted before (which I think I found on a different page on your site) of 510 thousand deaths in England for July 2019 to June 2020 was the latest projected number of deaths before Covid19 happened. If the link doesn't show the projected number of deaths please could you explain to me what it is?
Thank you very much for your help.
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