- Dec 22, 2014
- Reaction score
- Wessex and Mercia
Just watching the news on Sky and it appears that the government has admitted they got it very wrong in reporting Covid19 deaths. Henceforth, there will be a 28 day cut-off point after release from medical care or end of symptoms. This will bring us pretty well in line with every other country. Whether or not it will be applied retrospectively, so the current figure of almost 47,000 will be reassessed, I don't know.Yes. There are two ways to interpret the UK figures. Either a) the NHS is the second worst health service in Europe (which I don't believe) or b) there are flaws in the way we are recording our figures.
But the media should question these things. After all, if we had say, Napoleon's government feeding the media with their statistics instead of cuddly old Boris's lot, should they not be questioning whether the figures had a basis in truth? Complacently following the Government's line - although it is breaking down slightly now - is not what newspapers - in particular - should be doing. This is not Napoleon's time and the editors and journalists are not likely to find themselves without their heads.
For example, last month (apparently) we had more deaths from 'flu and pneumonia than Covid-19, even by the Governments' own figures. But surely the lockdown should have been at least somewhat effective at combating those infections as well? They would have been contracted during what I hope we can call 'peak lockdown' when much sanitation and distancing was going on and the vast majority of people were not allowed to congregate.
They really should have implemented this months ago as, I agree totally with your point that there is no way our NHS is one of the worst in Europe.