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Coronavirus pandemic facts

Facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic.

All information has been taken from trusted sources including the NHS and UK government. Information may change so please continue to check the latest updates.

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.