A pandemic will claim lives in two ways: directly, through those it infects, and indirectly as others who need healthcare either do not seek it or are denied it. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, has always made this argument - which is partly why, for so long, he was not seeking a lockdown. The focus, since then, has understandably been on Covid deaths. But about a third of the rise in excess death is not explained by Covid, and it's worth looking at in more detail. The chart showing weekly deaths will, by now, be pretty well-known. But if you strip out Covid deaths (ie, those with 'Covid' written on the death certificate) you can still see a spike,
Look at the figures for the week in question, to 17 April, and you can see how the non-Covid deaths are spread around the country.