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18 July Coronavirus: Daily deaths report paused because of Public Health England data review

Data on deaths has been temporarily paused while an urgent review into Public Health England data is carried out.

Number of coronavirus deaths and cases

In a statement on Saturday 18 July the Government said:


‘On 17 July, the Secretary of State asked Public Health England (PHE) to urgently review their estimation of daily death statistics.

‘Currently the daily deaths measure counts all people who have tested positive for coronavirus and since died, with no cut-off between time of testing and date of death.

‘There have been claims that the lack of cut-off may distort the current daily deaths number.

‘We’re therefore pausing the publication of the daily figure while this is resolved.’

The last figures reported up to 17th July are below:

As of 9am on 18 July, 294,066 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK (pillar 1 and 2, see descriptions below).

pillar 1: swab (antigen) testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need and health and care workers
pillar 2: swab (antigen) testing for the wider population