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Respiratory deaths graphs

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Here’s a graph of weekly respiratory deaths for England and Wales up to the end of week 14 (3 April), with the prior five-year average in there for context. The blue line is 2020, the orange line is the five-year average. (Click to enlarge.) Note that the sharp upturn in respiratory deaths in week 14 […]

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Delingpod no. 69, featuring me

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I’ve been interviewed by James Delingpole for his famous Delingpod series of podcasts. Here are some links for it. Apple podcasts. Podbean. YouTube. Ricochet. Thanks to James for having me on! I need to add that I got the numbers wrong for the 1968 Hong Kong flu, the real numbers were 1-4 million deaths worldwide. […]

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ONS week 14 figures out

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The ONS figures for week 14 (England and Wales) are now out. Finally we can see a rise in deaths, many of which can be attributed to Covid-19 (although we don’t know how many have been caused by such things as the cancelled treatments). There are 6000 more than the five-year average (click to enlarge). […]

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Week 13 bar graphs 2010-20

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Another academic reader of this blog sent me some bar graphs based on ONS data. The first one is all deaths up to week 13 for every year from 2010 to 2020 (click to enlarge). The second one is the total number of respiratory deaths in England and Wales up to week 13 for all […]

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Ferguson speaks

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In case you can’t read it, here’s the text off the Financial Times’ recent story on Neil Ferguson, including quotes from him. As the FT notes, things are as still as clear as mud.   Imperial’s Neil Ferguson: “We don’t have a clear exit strategy” Financial Times April 7 2020 By Jemima Kelly   There’s […]

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The ONS’s Covid-19 category

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After talking to the ONS (by Twitter and e-mail) I’m somewhat clearer now about what they’re doing, and while it’s confusing, it’s not quite as bad as I thought and at least it hasn’t made the respiratory death figures useless. ONS now has a separate category for Covid-19 deaths, which includes all deaths where Covid-19 […]