Britain said on Saturday that it paused its daily coronavirus death toll update after the government ordered a review of the calculation of the data due to concerns that the death toll may have been exaggerated.
Scientists have said that the way Public Health England (PHE), the government agency responsible for the treatment of infectious disease outbreaks, calculates the numbers in England means that they can be distorted compared to other parts of the UK .
"Currently, the daily death count counts all individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus and have died since then without a break between the time of the test and the date of death," the government website said.
"It has been suggested that the absence of a limit could skew the current daily death rate. We are therefore suspending the publication of the daily number while it is resolved."
Britain was the most affected country in Europe with an official death toll of over 45,000. However, the government has found that international comparisons are misleading as coronavirus deaths are recorded differently across countries.
Health minister Matt Hancock ordered a review of PHE reporting on Friday after the scientists said that patients who tested positive for corona virus but were successfully treated would still be considered dying from the virus, "even if they had a heart attack or were run over. " by bus three months later ".
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