Britain says it overcounted coronavirus death toll by 5,377
A review revealed that a government agency had been counting people as having died of the virus regardless of when they tested positive — meaning even an asymptomatic carrier who was infected in March but was killed in a traffic accident in July would be considered a covid-19 death.
The miscount applied only to England, not Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. But the glitch is more than a rounding error.
The official government figures by Public Health England were a grim highlight for months at daily news conferences at 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his top ministers and scientific advisers.
The numbers were widely distributed around the globe, featured in ubiquitous dashboard displays of pandemic daily counts of cases and deaths and used by the news media, public health services, the World Health Organization and academics tracking the pandemic, including Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Ordinary people, too, still follow the numbers closely, feeling fear or relief in their rise or fall. The …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]