New data show nearly one-quarter of UK COVID-19 deaths were not caused by virus

… nearly one-quarter of registered COVID-19 deaths in the United Kingdom were not caused by the virus

… who died “with” the virus but not “from” infection

… John Lee, a former pathology professor and NHS consultant pathologist, who called into question the way the U.K. was recording COVID-19 deaths

… “the specific cause of the infection is not usually recorded, unless the illness is a rare ‘notifiable disease,’”

… “We don’t really test for flu, or other seasonal infections

… will be recorded as the cause of death, even if the final illness was a respiratory infection”

… “notifiable diseases” were updated to include COVID-19 but not the flu

… “being found in someone who died of other causes

… the appearance of it causing increasing numbers of deaths”

… “the reduction in these numbers … has not been achieved by the vaccination programme

… the vaccination programme has helped, but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown” Johnson said