As I’ve noted several times, the best way to compare mortality across countries or over time is to use an age-adjusted measure, such as life expectancy or the age-standardised mortality rate. In this regard, the ONS has now published its estimate of the age-standardised mortality rate in England for the month of January, which allows for a meaningful comparison between the first and second waves. In the chart below, the ASMR is plotted alongside the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test (the “headline figure”).
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