United Kingdom coronavirus official death toll reduced by more than 5,000

The Department of Health and Social Care has reduced the coronavirus death toll by more than 5,000 following a review of how figures are calculated.

Officials said as of Wednesday, August 12, the number of all deaths in patients testing positive for covid-19 in the UK within 28 days was 41,329.

Earlier Government figures said 46,706 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, as of 5pm on Tuesday.

The DHSC said the change came after the UK Government and devolved administrations agreed to publish the number of deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive lab-confirmed covid test result each day.

Revised figures for coronavirus-related deaths will now only include fatalities which have occurred within 28 days of the illness being diagnosed.

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Previously deaths were included for anyone who had died following a positive coronavirus test at any point.

A new set of figures showing the number of deaths that occur within 60 days of a positive test will also be published in England, it added.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 56,800 deaths registered in the UK where covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

A breakdown of how the revised figures affect the previous North-East totals has yet to emerge.

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Prior to the August 12 change, 325 coronavirus deaths were recorded at hospitals served by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and another 140 at those ran by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Breakdowns of deaths per individual hospital within these trusts are not available.

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