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Oxford scientists: the only 'circuit break' we need is from this cycle of bad data and bad science

Oxford scientists: the only 'circuit break' we need is from this cycle of bad data and bad science
Oxford University scientists said Boris Johnson and his advisers are making 'catastrophic and wildly over-the-top' decisions about containing Covid as they talk about a 'circuit breaker'.

Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence Based Medicine and Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University (pictured), and his colleague Dr Tom Jefferson, a Senior Associate Tutor, say prime minister Boris Johnson and his advisers are making 'catastrophic and wildly over-the-top' decisions about containing the coronavirus amid concerns about a second wave of infections and 'behave as if they are acting on the basis of certainty'.Car accidents and heart attacks: Recorded Covid deaths include Britons who died by other means Almost a third of Britons reported to have died from coronavirus in July and August passed away due to other reasons, Oxford University researchers have said.Dr Jason Oke, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘The true death rate is important to know because it gives us an idea of impact.Carl Heneghan is Professor of Evidence Based Medicine and Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford University, and Dr Tom Jefferson is Senior Associate Tutor, University of Oxford.

Heart disease – Britain’s biggest killer – accounted for 460 deaths every day last year, while cancer kills an average of 450 people per day.Around 87,000 people die of dementia each year – about 240 people a day.

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