Fact Check-UK newspaper report on non-COVID deaths from 2020, not 2022
Some social media users are misrepresenting a 2020 report in a UK newspaper on non-COVID-related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it is from 2022, while mistakenly implying that the title is about vaccines.
The posts show the front page of the Metro newspaper with the headline “DEATH TOLL RISE…NOT COVID” as well as a red circle around the front page of the article which claims that deaths from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, prostate, breast and bowel cancer had increased during the pandemic (here and here).
Users strongly imply that deaths are due to COVID-19 vaccines.
However, the newspaper article is from October 20, 2020 – well before the UK rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, which started in December 2020 (here).
The report, which claimed on its front page that non-COVID-related deaths at home “have skyrocketed since the lockdown“, was criticized after it was published for giving the impression that deaths from a range of illnesses had risen sharply due to lockdowns. The Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO), the UK’s independent newspaper regulator, said the article only referred to the movement of deaths from hospitals to people’s homes as a result of the page 6 of the newspaper. IPSO issued an order on March 10, 2021 for “serious breach” of Article 1 of the Publishers’ Code of Ethics, which relates to accuracy (here and here).
Fake. The title is from 2020 and predates the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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