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There are thousands more UK deaths than usual and we don’t know why

There have been 22,500 more deaths than expected in the UK since April. Health experts worry but unsure of causes – including Covid-19, aging population and NHS issues


September 1, 2022

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The UK has seen an unexplained rise in deaths in recent months, causes concern among the country’s top medical officers.

Many suggestions have been made as to why there were about 22,500 more deaths than would normally be expected between April and August, but there is little agreement as to the cause or causes. For example, a spokesperson for the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care says: “The analysis is underway, how early …