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Over 90% of local authorities in England experienced more deaths than expected between 2010-11 and 2017-18. Alan Novelli/Alamy

Pre-COVID-19 death rates should be a warning for the UK government if it wants to build back better

Hundreds of thousands more people died between 2010-11 and 2017-18 than anticipated. Austerity could have something to do with it
A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty Images

279,700 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what’s happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
The number of confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in New York City was 23,247 as of July 10, which is more than eight times the number who died in the 9/11 attack. Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images

How deadly is COVID-19? A biostatistician explores the question

The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.

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