You asked

​Please provide the data showing the number of deaths involving COVID with no underlying health conditions and no other cause of death listed on the death certificate between the dates listed below:

July 2020 to present day.

We said

​Thank you for your enquiry.

The mortality data published by ONS are derived from the formal process of death registration. For Scotland and Northern Ireland statistics please contact National Records Scotland and NISRA respectively.

ONS have been producing Pre-existing conditions of people whose death was recorded with an underlying cause of COVID-19, deaths registered in 2020, this dataset can be found in section 7 of the Monthly mortality analysis bulletin. This dataset provides a greater insight into the leading pre-existing cause of death groups, for deaths occurring in England and Wales in 2020 that were due to COVID-19. COVID-19 deaths involving pre-existing conditions is split by broad age groups between 1-64 and 65+.

Please see 'table 1a, row 28' for deaths where COVID-19 was listed as the underlying cause, but had no other pre-existing conditions recorded on the death certificate.

There was a total of 9400 deaths in 2020 that were due to COVID-19 and were recorded without any pre-existing conditions.

These figures are also split quarterly on row 29 in tables 1b (England) and 1c (Wales). I have added the figures from these tables for you. The total number of records without pre-existing conditions from July to December 2020 is 3264.

This dataset will be updated quarterly. These figures are provisionally scheduled to be updated end of April 2021.

As such, the information you have requested is considered exempt under Section 22(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, whereby information is exempt from release if there is a view to publish the information in the future. Furthermore, as a central government department and producer of official statistics, we need to have the freedom to be able to determine our own publication timetables. This is to allow us to deal with the necessary preparation, administration and context of publications. It would be unreasonable to consider disclosure when to do so would undermine our functions.

This exemption is subject to a public interest test. We recognise the desirability of information being freely available and this is considered by ONS when publication schedules are set in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics. The need for timely data must be balanced against the practicalities of applying statistical skill and judgement to produce the high quality, assured data needed to inform decision-making. If this balance is incorrectly applied, then we run the risk of decisions being based on inaccurate data which is arguably not in the public interest. This will have an impact on public trust in official statistics in a time when accuracy of official statistics is more important to the public than ever before.

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