Lockdowns could be causing more deaths than Covid but 'terrifying figures barely get a look in'
The impact of lockdowns could be causing more deaths than Covid, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests
ONS figures for excess deaths in the UK suggest that around 1,000 more people than usual are dying from illnesses and conditions other than Covid.
This would make the rate of excess deaths 14.4 percent higher than the five-year average – and mean 1,350 more people than normal died in the week ending August 5.
Of this 1,350, 469 were Covid-related deaths and the remaining 881 have "not been explained".
Since June, almost 10,000 more deaths unrelated to Covid have been recorded – equating to more than 1,000 per week.
This is more than three times the number of people who died as a result of Covid over the same period, at 2,811.
Britain's ageing population was taken into consideration, but ONS analysis still found a "substantial ongoing excess".
The British Heart Foundation told the Telegraph it is "deeply concerned" by the findings, while the Stroke Association had been anticipating the rise in deaths for some time.
It is well documented that the Covid lockdowns pushed back treatment for conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Chief executive of private GP service Doctorcall Dr Charles Levinson told the publication: "Hundreds and hundreds of people dying every week, what's going on?
"Delays in seeking and receiving healthcare are no doubt the driving force, in my view.
"Daily Covid statistics demanded the nation's attention, yet these terrifying figures barely get a look in.
"A full and urgent Government investigation is required immediately."