Mark Ashby has sent me a very interesting graph using ONS data.
It’s for all-cause deaths per million occurring between January and September (inclusive) for 2006-2020, for England and Wales (click to enlarge).
If it were deaths per thousand we’d be looking at about 7.5 per thousand for 2020 vs 7.0 per thousand for 2018 and 2006. So 2020 is a bit worse than those years, but it’s hardly the Black Death. Besides, we need to take into account the fact that in this total are (last time I looked) around 21,000 excess deaths that were ‘lockdown’ deaths, ie. they were not Covid deaths (and that’s not even mentioning the suspicion that many ‘with-Covid’ deaths were not really Covid deaths). So what the hell are we doing?
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