A new tracker launched by XPS Pensions Group predicts Covid-19 related deaths for the UK are now at or close to 50,000.
This figure is higher than that of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reports around 45,000 people have been registered as dying from coronavirus or related causes in the UK this year as at 15 May.
The new tracker has been developed to help pension schemes monitor the impact of the pandemic on their members, and also shows an additional 20,000 UK excess deaths so far this year compared with 2019.
The tracker uses a calculation methodology which incorporates ONS data alongside that of other agencies. Excess deaths by the definition of XPS include those which were directly linked to Covid-19 and not reported as such. It notes these were particularly during the early stages of the pandemic, or those caused when members of the public refused to seek medical help due to fears of catching the virus.
XPS head of longevity Steve Leake said "It is becoming clear that the key drivers of Covid-19 deaths include age, location, underlying health conditions, sex and deprivation. Being able to track against previous years gives us fresh insight into Covid-19's impact. For instance, while we cannot know for certain why the excess deaths occurred, when compared with previous years, the inconsistent rise in numbers for a few weeks at the start of the pandemic 2020 indicates they are highly likely to be Covid-19 related."
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