- Almost 2,700 people more than normal died during eight weeks of restrictions
- Report claims many died because they were unable to get urgent healthcare
- A&E attendances halved, while cancer referrals had plunged by 70 per cent
Up to 21,000 people have died because of unintended consequences of lockdown – many due to a lack of access to healthcare, according to a shocking study.
In the eight weeks after restrictions were put in place an average of almost 2,700 extra people died a week than would be usual for the time of year, despite Covid-19 not contributing to their deaths.
Many of these victims died because they were unable to get urgent healthcare, it emerged last night.