Government review cuts COVID-19 deaths from Lincolnshire tally
The local impact of a government review on COVID-19 death figures has been revealed — with more than 70 deaths struck off the statistics.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review into how deaths were recorded in July.
The method of recording was changed to only include those who died within 28 days of a positive test, a move which saw more than 5,000 deaths removed from the national dashboard at the beginning of August.
Local figures at that point dropped off the official UK dashboard, but have now reappeared and show that deaths of Greater Lincolnshire residents decreased from 466 to 390 – a drop of 76 (16%).
Lincolnshire saw the biggest fall, cutting 56 deaths from its figures from 323 to 267. North Lincolnshire dropped from 107 to 89 – a decrease of 18. North East Lincolnshire, which had already seen the least number of deaths lost only two from its figures, from 36 to 34.