Health experts have always warned the daily death toll from COVID-19 in the United States undercounts the true number by a large amount, because this metric is a lagging indicator and the cause of death is not always very clear. As a consequence, the 131,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. reported Wednesday could be substantially lower than the true death toll, probably by as much as 30%. In a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from Yale University compared the number of excess deaths in the U.S. from any cause with the reported weekly COVID-19 deaths for the period March 1 to May 30. They then compared these numbers with the number of deaths from the same period in previous years. What they found was that the excess number of deaths over normal levels was also higher than the deaths attributed to COVID-19.
These top U.S. states that have experienced the most lighting strikes in 2018. Warm weather that lures us outside also increases the potential danger of lightning when thunderstorms approach. Since National Lightning Safety Awareness Week began in 2001, the average number of deaths has dropped "dramatically," from an average of 55 deaths per year in the U.S. to just 21 fatalities in 2019, according to the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC). John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NLSC, told Fox News that even with an increasing population and same amount of lightning flashes year after year, the number of deaths remains on the decline. The average number of lightning deaths has tumbled since 2001.
The number of coronavirus deaths in care homes across the UK has started to fall, figures show. A review of death certificates showed there were 2,800 deaths linked to the virus in the most recent week - down 12% on the week before. It brings the virus death toll in care homes to more than 9,700. The data also showed that between mid-March and early May more than 50,000 more deaths have been recorded than would be expected during this period. This is known as excess deaths and is said to be a better measure of the true impact of the epidemic as it measures deaths linked directly to the virus and others associated with the lockdown.
The number of deaths registered in the UK over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March. The decrease reflects a decline in coronavirus-related deaths, official data show. Of 10,681 deaths registered in the week up to 19 June, 849 (8%) mentioned coronavirus. This is the lowest number of deaths involving the pandemic virus since the week ending 13 March. The number of deaths registered up to 19 June was eight below the five-year average for that week.
The UK currently has the third highest number of recorded coronavirus deaths in the world. Only the United States and Brazil have had more, and both countries have far bigger populations. But while the UK has been hit hard, how does it really rank alongside other countries? Just comparing Covid-19 deaths doesn't give the full picture as countries have different ways of recording deaths. Scientists and ministers say it's better to look at total deaths, even the ones that aren't caused by coronavirus. So what can we learn about the UK's toll if we look at it this way?