Nearly a quarter of registered Covid-19 deaths are now people who have died “with” the virus, rather than “from” an infection, official figures show.
It means that although they tested positive for coronavirus, it was not the primary cause of their death. The latest Office for National Statistics data indicates that those who died “with” the virus account for 23 per cent of the total death tally.
The numbers have prompted lockdown-sceptic MPs to urge the government to move faster in easing restrictions. Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the Covid Research Group of Tory MPs, told The Daily Telegraph: “We’re looking to the prime minister to follow the data so that we can end the other harms that come with restrictions and lockdown.”