You asked

​1) Please provide a total count of the amount of deaths due to lockdown

2) Please provide any reports that have been done in regards to the deaths caused by lockdown

We said

Thank you for your request.

We are responsible for producing mortality statistics for England and Wales, this is driven by information collected from the death certificate at death registration. For Scotland and Northern Ireland statistics please contact National Records Scotland and NISRA respectively.

Unfortunately, we do not hold the data you have requested.

All of the conditions mentioned on the death certificate are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) the coded mortality data available up to end of December 2019 is coded to version 2014 of the ICD10 framework. From all of these causes an underlying cause of death is selected using ICD-10 coding rules. The underlying cause of death is defined by WHO as:

a) the disease or injury that initiated the train of events directly leading to death, or

b) the circumstances of the accident or violence that produced the fatal injury

We produce weekly mortality statistics in our weekly deaths bulletin. You can view all-cause deaths by week during the periods that the national lockdowns were in place, this may be comparable against figures in periods where there were no lockdown restrictions. However, deaths are in line with the ICD-10 guidelines as mentioned above, we are unable to conclude that a death was a result of lockdown as it would not be recorded on the Medical Certificate of Death.

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