June 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Data from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that deaths involving influenza and pneumonia in England and Wales vastly outstripped those related to COVID-19 in the week ending June 11, the date of their most recent figures.
The latest data from the ONS confirmed a total of 84 deaths related to the novel coronavirus, one of the lowest recorded weekly levels since the onset of the crisis in March 2020. At the same time, deaths in which flu and pneumonia were at least contributing factors numbered as many as 1,163, almost 14 times higher than COVID-19 related deaths, yet still down from the five-year average of 1,704 for that week. Of the 84 deaths involving COVID-19, the ONS listed the virus as the “underlying cause of death” in 66 cases, with 292 of flu and pneumonia cases as the “underlying cause of death.”
A similar picture was painted last week, when the ONS released its figures for the week ending June 4. At that time, coronavirus deaths were up slightly, totalling 98. This figure, though, was still around nine times lower than the registered flu and pneumonia deaths, which reached 873 for the first week in June.
The Telegraph reported that this week’s figures mean coronavirus deaths account for just 0.8 percent of total deaths in England and Wales, which is down from 1.3 percent the week before. Speaking to the Telegraph, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, Kevin McConway, said that COVID-related deaths “are down in most age groups and most regions, comparing the latest week with either the previous week or the week before that.”
In fact, “[d]eaths involving COVID-19 made up just eight out of every thousand total deaths in the most recent week,” the former professor said.
Though COVID infections in the U.K. appear to be on the rise (around 2,000 positive tests recorded in the week ending June 6), this has not corresponded to a proportionate increase in hospitalizations and deaths. According to a former chief scientific adviser to the U.K. government, Sir David King, a large proportion of those testing positive for the virus have already been double jabbed against COVID-19, arguing that as many as 400 “fully vaccinated” citizens experience breakthrough infection every day.
After cautioning that the perceived rise in infections is “not good news,” McConway admitted that “it is a little encouraging that the increase in cases hasn’t yet led to any substantial increase in deaths involving COVID and, judging by these ONS figures, if anything there’s a decrease in deaths.”
Figures from the ONS for the week ending May 28 demonstrated that the U.K. was seeing an overall 3.1 percent reduction in overall deaths compared to the national five-year average. Additionally, in 11 out of the 12 weeks before May 28, England and Wales experienced a trend of fewer deaths than the five-year average, regardless of climbing “cases” of COVID-19.
Despite predicting figures of dwindling deaths and hospitalizations arising from or with COVID-19, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the promised reopening of the economy and lifting of all legal restrictions by four weeks.
Britons were originally told that June 21 would be the date to mark as “Freedom Day,” the day when the government would cease enforcing mask mandates, lift capacity impositions from businesses, and again allow normal gatherings without fear of reprisal.
Johnson announced that Brits should instead expect to have their freedom back by July 19 on account of advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that predicted a surge in positive COVID tests, had the June 21 opening gone ahead as planned. SAGE estimated that, if the increase in spread of the Indian variant continued, infections would rocket from around 8,000 people per day to more than 60,000 in the U.K., beginning early July.
The parents of Alta Fixsler are pleading with the British courts not to remove life support from their brain-damaged daughter, so that they can transport her to a hospital in Israel or the U.S.
Could you do your part and SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the British courts and hospital system to allow the Fixslers to remove their daughter from the UK so that she can live, and not be killed by so-called "passive euthanasia" where her life support is taken away?
Late last month, High Court Justice Mr. Alistair McDonald insanely ruled that it is in Alta's "best interests" to have her life support stopped, and that Manchester University NHS could begin the process of removing her life support.
But, Mr. and Mrs. Fixsler, who are are Orthodox Jews living according to Hebrew law, strenuously objected to the hospital depriving Alta of life support and she was given a reprieve, but we don't know how long that will last.
In fact, just yesterday, a British Court of Appeal declined to render judgement in this case, giving more hope that little Alta might be able to leave the UK and be treated in another country.
And, both American and Israeli lawmakers have spoken up against the planned passive euthanasia death of Alta, with a host of U.S. Senators, as well as the Israeli Health Minister and President, petitioning different British officials to stop the process of causing Alta's death.
We concur with what the Senators wrote: "It is unacceptable that people in government think they, not parents, should decide what is in the best interest of a child, even in a matter of life and death."
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition now.
The story of a brain-damaged child in England in danger of a passive euthanasia opposed by both his or her parents and officials overseas is now a distressingly familiar one.
In the 2017 case of Charlie Gard, Pope Francis, President Donald Trump, and 37 European MPs sided with the infant’s parents against the British courts that agreed to allow the NHS to withdraw his life support. Almost one-year-old Charlie died 12 minutes after he was removed from a ventilator.
In 2018, Tom Evans, the Catholic father of Alfie Evans, appealed to Pope Francis on behalf of his almost two-year-old son, and the pontiff did indeed ask for prayers for the youngster. Both Polish and Italian hospitals were willing to treat the brain-injured boy, but the British courts refused to release him. Alfie died four days after he was removed from a ventilator.
In 2019, Tafida Raqeeb, then five years old, made headlines when her Muslim parents fought the Barts Health NHS Trust’s request to stop treating the brain-damaged girl. Once again, an Italian hospital offered to treat the sick child, and in this case the judge – Mr Justice Alistair MacDonald – ruled that the child could be allowed to live and taken to Italy for treatment.
And, in 2021, six-year-old Pippa Knight was not permitted to live despite the wishes of her widowed mother Paula. Pippa died in May after doctors removed her life support.
RIGHT NOW, please help little Alta and her parents fight for her right to live, and not be killed by having her life support removed.
Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'No judgment yet: Panel to ‘think carefully’ about taking 2-year-old Alta Fixsler off life support' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/no-judgment-yet-panel-to-think-carefully-about-taking-2-year-old-alta-fixsler-off-life-support
'US senators, Israeli officials appeal against UK High Court decision to deny Jewish toddler food, water, oxygen' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-senators-israeli-officials-appeal-against-uk-high-court-decision-to-deny-jewish-toddler-food-water-oxygen
'Judge rules Jewish girl's life support can be withdrawn' - https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-57276221
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SAGE did not complement their projections of an increased infection rate with data indicating a proportional increase in deaths or hospitalizations, nevertheless the Johnson government acted to delay reopening by four weeks. Johnson did suggest that a review of the data could trigger a “two-week break clause” in the July 19 reopening schedule, allowing for a slightly earlier unlocking of restrictions if the data conforms with government criteria.