Flu and pneumonia killed TEN TIMES as many Brits as Covid last week, stats reveal

ILLNESSES such as influenza and pneumonia are killing more people than the coronavirus in the UK, figures have revealed.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that last week ten times as many people died from the flu and pneumonia than Covid-19.

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Of deaths registered in the week ending 28 August in the UK, just 101 mentioned the coronavirus.

The ONS states that 12.6 per cent of deaths were caused by flu and pneumonia.

Experts have now warned that while there has been an increase in coronavirus cases, other conditions are also rife in the UK.

Data from the ONS also reveals that deaths from Covid-19 have decreased.

It stated: "The number of death registrations in England and Wales involving Covid-19 decreased by 37 deaths from 138 in Week 34 to 101 in Week 35, the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths registered since Week 11 (week ending 13 March) – the first week Covid-19 deaths were registered (five deaths).

"Of all deaths registered in Week 35, 1.1 per cent mentioned Covid-19, down from 1.4 per cent in Week 34."

Writing in the Daily Mail, Prof Karol Sikora said the government needs to acknowledge that other conditions are still killing people.


He said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should have acknowledged an uptick in infections in the healthy young "who are largely invulnerable to coronavirus, while emphasising another critical statistic: last week ten times as many people died in England of flu and pneumonia as of Covid".

He added that the government had "ignored" the human cost of the coronavirus lockdown after he said that the NHS coped by "shutting itself down to all but Covid admissions, A&E, and maternity care".

Prof Sikora added that there will be at least 30,000 extra cancer deaths due to the "hobbling diagnostics service".

Data from the ONS also revealed that deaths not involving Covid-19 increased above the five-year average for the third consecutive week.

It comes after the Prime Minister said he had simplified the coronavirus restriction rules, to the rule of six.

Speaking at a press conference earlier this week he said that this would "avoid any confusion".

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