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Quarter of British Covid deaths not caused by virus, authorities say 

Almost a quarter of deaths registered as Covid deaths in Britain are where the person has not died from the disease, the Telegraph has reported

The paper says that “the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 23 per cent of coronavirus deaths registered are now people who have died “with” the virus rather than “from” an infection.”

This means that Covid was not the primary cause of their death recorded on the death certificate – even though they may have tested positive for the disease.

No such breakdown of dying ‘with Covid’ as distinct from ‘from Covid’ are available in Ireland.

The ONS also found that almost 1 in 2 British people were now producing antibodies to Covid, which they said was due to previous Covid infection or vaccination.

“The presence of antibodies to COVID-19 suggest that a person previously had the infection or has been vaccinated,” they reported. “In the week ending 14 March 2021, the percentage of people testing positive for antibodies increased in all four UK nations to:

  • 54.7% in England
  • 50.5% in Wales
  • 49.3% in Northern Ireland
  • 42.6% in Scotland.”

Deaths and hospital admissions have also continued to decline in the UK, and footage of Londoners celebrating  as lockdown restrictions are eased have caught international attention.

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