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David Harding
David Harding
27 March 2020
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Simple comparisons of diagnoses and death rates across countries are impossible due to the growth in the number of tests, changes in testing, different medical conventions and biases of this kind, David writes.

The chart below, taken from the article, puts deaths in 2020 for England and Wales in context with previous years: “Taken out of context, headline news about absolute numbers of deaths can be misleading."

Daily Number of Deaths in England and Wales by Week

Source: Winton; ONS