Claims, Caution and Comparisons

On 3rd June, Nicholas Watt (BBC Newsnight) claimed:

The UK now has more daily deaths from [COVID-19] than the rest of the EU put together.

Tens of thousands of social media users shared the Newsnight graph.

International comparisons are challenging. Countries count COVID-19 deaths in different ways and can change over time.

Claim and caution

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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.