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Thirty isn't the magic number

The simplest version of the central limit theorem (CLT) says that if \(X_1, \dots, X_n\) are iid random variables with mean \(\mu\) and finite variance \(\sigma^2\) \[ \frac{\bar{X}_n - \mu}{\sigma/\sqrt{n}} \rightarrow_d N(0,1) \] where \(\bar{X}_n = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n X_i\).

Past the Peak? Excess Deaths in England and Wales

Since my previous post, the Office for National Statistics has posted updated data on weekly deaths, and we’ve updated rcovidUK accordingly. Here’s where things stand: Figure 1: Total Weekly Deaths in England & Wales.

UK Excess Deaths by Age Group and Sex

In an earlier post I looked at regional differences in the effects of Covid-19 by calculating excess deaths in each week of 2020 relative to an average of the preceding five years.

Excess Deaths in England and Wales

To get a better idea of the impact of Covid19 in the UK, Dan Mead and put together an R package rcovidUK with weekly deaths in England and Wales, taken from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), allowing us to produce a plot of total deaths by region in 2020: Figure 1: Total Weekly Deaths in England & Wales.