UK fatalities lower than France

Government Graph, Press Briefing

April 13, 2020

Facts

The global death comparison chart used in the press briefing on Monday 13 2020 April showed coronavirus deaths in France were just above 14,000, as compared to the UK total of 11,329 confirmed hospitalised deaths. Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the chart only “looks at deaths in hospital”.

However, the Health Service Journal reported that figures from France “included deaths from outside hospitals, such as in care and nursing homes. In fact, on 13 April, there had been a total of 9,588 reported deaths of covid-19 patients in French hospitals, from the total of 14,967 deaths in all settings.”

Verdict

The press release was misleading.

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