I mean, just dividing the most recent valid 7-day case average by the equivalent figure for a year ago gives 25.4, so, well, it's good that whatever the ONS is doing agrees with the obvious data.
Deaths are 10 times higher than a year ago, using the same method, but of course they would rather talk about how high they were last time we had a similar level of cases and how they're not that high now, without accounting for the lag between cases and deaths.
Well, you haven't reached the height of this outbreak yet.The fact that deaths and hospital admissions from Covid-19 are a fraction of their levels at the height of the outbreak in Britain demonstrates the protective power of the vaccines – more than 60% of the UK population has had two jabs.
“Of course,” added some old guy who knows about numbers or sommat, “I'm looking at when we were on our way down off a wave, not on the way up, which would have been mid December, when there were 1800 hospital admissions and 400 deaths per day, because I actually know f.ck all about any of this. Oh and it's actually about 800 hospital admissions and 100 deaths per day in England now.”“The last time infections were at their current level in England was late January,” said Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University. “There were around 2,300 daily hospital admissions and 1,100 deaths a day then. By contrast, the most recent daily figures for England are about 770 hospital admissions and about 80 deaths.”