(Slay News) – The effects of lockdown measures during the global pandemic may now be killing more people than COVID-19, a report is warning.
A report by the Telegraph bases its assertion on new official figures from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The stats show that non-Covid excess deaths continue to outstrip deaths from the coronavirus in the United Kingdom, where several strict “stay-at-home” lockdowns were enforced.
The data shows that 1,000 people are dying each week from conditions other than the virus.
“The Telegraph understands that the Department of Health has ordered an investigation into the figures amid concern that the deaths are linked to delays to and deferment of treatment for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease,” reports the newspaper.
“The country is facing a new silent health crisis linked to the pandemic response rather than to the virus itself,” states the report.
The news comes amid mounting calls for the re-introduction of COVID-19 restrictions such as face masks in the winter.
“Hundreds and hundreds of people dying every week – what is going on?” asks Dr. Charles Levinson, the chief executive of the private GP service Doctorcall.
“Delays in seeking and receiving healthcare are no doubt the driving force, in my view,” he added.
“Daily Covid statistics demanded the nation’s attention, yet these terrifying figures barely get a look in.
“A full and urgent government investigation is required immediately.”
Cases of undetected cancers, cardiac problems, and serious mental health conditions are surging.
Excess deaths have now soared 14.4 percent higher than the five-year average.
The British Heart Foundation says it is “deeply concerned” by the situation.
But the media is largely disinterested, despite scaring the public for years with ominous death toll numbers for the virus.
Experts have long warned that the effects of lockdown would end up killing more people than COVID-19.
However, they were demonized and censored at the time by the establishment.
Leading academics from Duke, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins have concluded that there could be around a million excess deaths over the next two decades as a result of lockdowns.
A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that there were conservatively 170,000+ non-Covid excess deaths in the U.S. through 2020 and 2021, numbers exacerbated by lockdowns.
Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins University and released in February concluded that global lockdowns have had a much more detrimental impact on society than they have produced any benefit.
The study’s researchers are urging that lockdowns “are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
Stanford University professor of medicine Jay Bhattacharya said that in years to come lockdowns will be looked back upon as the most catastrophically harmful policy in “all of history.”
“We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation,” Bhattacharya warned.