Reference 2020-599

REF:       2020-599    

Subject:   COVID-19 Research                

          

 

Request:

How many people have died in your hospitals from Covid 19 alone? As in they died only due to Covid 19. I can see the figures that you publish online, but these are deaths within 28 days of a positive covid test, so they could have died from other causes. I just want to know the exact figure from 1st February 2020 until the 20th December of people that have died due to Covid-19 and not anything else please.

 

Response:

 

Under Section 14 of the Act this request is not going to proceed any further. Section 14(1) which provides:

Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the request is vexatious. From our review, you are using different accounts to make these requests. As you can see in the table below all requests have been duplicated.

However this is also exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act which applies if the information requested is already accessible to the requester.

We are counting COVID-19 deaths as per the national guidance.  The figure, and a description of the definition we are using, is published daily and can be found via the link below:

 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/

The link to the Trust level data is available in the daily spreadsheet in the section titled ‘COVID-19 all announced deaths’.