Jim Whitelaw: Excess Deaths, the only accurate gauge.

Jim Whitelaw: Excess Deaths, the only accurate gauge.

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Governments can, and do, manipulate data, so once again, I have searched for data that they cannot control.

This time I am comparing excess deaths across Europe for the year 2020.  I have copied the following data from “the bmj”(British Medical Journal) website at https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n799

Table 1 

Top 10 European countries ranked by relative cumulative age-standardised excess mortality rates (%) in 2020, to 26 June (week 26) and 18 December (week 51)

Mortality rate to week 26Mortality rate to week 51
England7.3Poland11.6
UK6.7Spain10.6
Spain5.9Belgium9.7
Scotland5.3Bulgaria8.9
Belgium3.5Czech Republic8.4
Italy3.4Slovenia8.2
Wales2.6England7.8
Sweden2.3UK7.2
Northern Ireland2.2Austria5.7
Netherlands1.9Scotland5.7

It is fascinating reading.  Despite having no lockdown, Sweden ranks very low, while the UK, with one of the most draconian lockdowns, are among the highest.  You can manipulate covid death figures; you can’t manipulate these.