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More questions than answers in coronavirus stat race

The statistics are everywhere, but exactly how many deaths has Covid-19

26th April, 2020
Excess deaths includes those who died from Covid-19 as well as those who died from other causes

Every day, the number of Covid-19 deaths reported from hospitals, nursing homes and elsewhere makes national headlines.

They are, however, underestimates of the true death toll. For a better estimate of the scale of the pandemic, "excess deaths" – which calculates how many more people have died this year compared to the historical average – holds some clues.

Excess deaths includes those who died from Covid-19 as well as those who died from other causes,...

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