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Why the daily coronavirus death figures do not capture what you think

The death toll is higher than the headline number suggests

By Paul Wallace  

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris WhittyVictoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

The daily death toll of the coronavirus epidemic has become part of our new everyday lives. Released every afternoon, it portrays the devastating effect of the disease as another day’s cull is added to all the deaths that have preceded it. Ministers routinely cite these grim figures in their opening remarks at the daily press conference held at No 10. On Friday Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced 980 deaths, bringing the cumulative total in…

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