🔴 Lockdown policy has had 'significant unintended consequences” and it has killed 2,700 people a week
Restrictions have had 'significant unintended consequences' such as lack of access to critical healthcare and drop in A&E attendances
A study by economists and academics from Sheffield and Loughborough universities suggests that more than 21,000 people have died as a result of the measures, which were introduced in March.The analysis examines Office for National Statistics (ONS) data in the eight weeks that followed the national lockdown.
Researchers said the findings show that "lockdown has killed 21,000 people" because the policy has had "significant unintended consequences" such as lack of access to critical healthcare and a collapse in Accident and Emergency attendances.
The study examines deaths data in recent months and tracks it against long-term trends, taking account of other variables such as demographic and economic factors.It suggests that the lockdown, and the subsequent reduction in access to healthcare, increased total mortality by roughly 2,700 deaths a week.
It follows warnings that the number of people attending A&E departments fell by 50 per cent at some points during the pandemic, while urgent referrals for suspected cancer dropped by 70 per cent. Separate research warns such delays could mean up to 35,000 extra deaths from cancer a year.
The new analysis, by the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University and economists at Economic Insight, suggests that the number of deaths that were not caused by coronavirus dwarfed the numbers that were.It suggests that on average, there were roughly 4,000 more deaths from other causes than those which were caused by Covid-19 in the lockdown period.
The estimates suggest 21,544 extra deaths in the first eight weeks of lockdown – an average of 2,693 a week.Researchers said the continuation of social distancing measures means the total death toll caused by lockdown and its knock-on effects may be yet larger.
Earlier this month Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, ordered an urgent review into the reporting of coronavirus deaths amid concerns that Public Health England (PHE) had "exaggerated" the true figures.A significant proportion of the official daily death toll are people who had recovered from Covid-19 but then gone on to die of other causes, Oxford University experts revealed.
Unlike in Scotland and Wales, where there is a 28-day cut-off, anyone who has ever tested positive for coronavirus in England counts as a Covid-19 death when they die, even if it is months later and from a clearly unrelated cause.Researchers said the findings had "profound implications for both future policy-making and behavioural science".
Sam Williams, the director of Economic Insight, said the new study attempted to "more robustly quantify the number of Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales"."In total, lockdown has killed more than 21,000 people, in net terms, that would have lived without a lockdown," he said.
Mr Williams said current existing measures – tracking deaths "associated" with coronavirus, without proof of cause, and excess deaths suffered from "material deficiencies".He said: "The existing reported measures – Covid-19 associated deaths and excess deaths respectively – suffer from well-known and material deficiencies.
"The former because it requires only weak evidence that Covid-19 'may' have contributed to a death. The latter because it assumes all variation in weekly mortality relative to a five-year average represents ‘excess’ deaths due to Covid-19, rather than those deaths being brought forward, or being due to other reasons."
He said the paper raised particular concerns about the rationale for blanket lockdowns, fuelling high numbers of deaths in relatively young age groups. Read more: The Telegraph »
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Is rather despicable that you put out such a sensationalist headline out there and then put the article behind a paywall... Would like some context to see how the the content matches the headline. Irresponsible profiteering. This is reason we need to go for Zero-Covid strategy in UK. Lockdowns costly & if lifted without chasing virus out then we go though more of these costly cycles. Lockdown isn't the issue here its what you do with them. UK Govt has done nothing with it then lifted restrictions.🦠
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