Covid Deaths

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From: K Thompson

Dear Ministry of Health,

Please can you inform us how it was determined that 29 people in New Zealand had died of Covid (delta variant) in 2020, 2021 and early 2022,, as was reported in May 2022, instead of the earlier reported 52 deaths from Covid (as was reported for example in March 2022).

Was this over-counting of Covid delta deaths due to wrong diagnosis, and, if so, how was this misdiagnosis determined after the deaths had occurred, at a later date (circa May 2022)? Presumably the over-counting of Covid deaths could not be determined by autopsy?

Yours faithfully,
K Thompson

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