Dying with and due to COVID-19

Most deceased people with a positive test die due to the disease.

A common question is: are people dying with COVID-19 or due to COVID-19?

  • The daily measure in England counts: deaths within 28 days of a positive test result.
  • Up to 3rd August, 95% of these deaths had COVID-19 on the death certificate.
  • In England and Wales, about 9 in 10 registered deaths involving COVID-19 had the disease as the cause.

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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.