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COVID-19 deaths in Derbyshire
We publish the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Derbyshire every week.
COVID-19 deaths are counted in the way that is recommended by international guidance.
Counting COVID-19 deaths
COVID-19 deaths in the UK are being counted based on international guidance.
Currently, the government counts the number of deaths that occur within 28 days of a positive test.
Counting the number of people who have died from COVID-19 related illnesses is complicated. COVID-19 infection can sometimes lead to death quickly after diagnosis. However, it can also cause death a number of weeks after this. Someone who tests positive from COVID-19 could die for another cause such as cancer or heart disease at any time. There is no agreed time period after which COVID-19 can be ruled out as a cause of death and so the 28-day measure was adopted to make sure COVID-related deaths were not under-estimated.
The government also publish the number of deaths where COVID-19 is recorded on the death certificate.
Comparing COVID-19 and flu
COVID-19 and flu are caused by different viruses and they have different symptoms. Both viruses spread very easily, can be a deadly disease, and can cause serious illness requiring hospitalisation.
The Office for National Statistics have reported that the mortality data for COVID-19 is higher than flu and pneumonia rates for both 2020 and the 5-year average.