The UK Government and Conservative Party have been rocked by a series of allegations about staff parties held in Downing Street and elsewhere in Whitehall. Some have argued that the ‘partygate’ scandal could ultimately unseat the Prime Minister.
With more than 175,000 Covid deaths so far, the Guardian plots the UK death toll against the dates when staff parties are believed to have taken place, as well as previous controversies involving alleged breaches of lockdown rules and Johnson’s recent comments on the 2020 rallies.
The Prime Minister will have hoped to have drawn a line under the controversy. Only time will tell how this sequence of events will unfold for Boris Johnson.
Data notes and methodology
Daily deaths in the UK are as recorded by the Office for National Statistics – which includes all deaths where Covid was mentioned on death certificate deaths to 31 December, as in the most recent publication – and amounted to 176,035 people. This lag means that the chart remains static for the last 12 days of the interactive, which does not reflect the actual situation on those days.
This differs from the government’s main metric from the Covid-19 Data Dashboard, which only includes deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test, which at the time of writing had recently exceeded 151,000 deaths.
The restriction level comes from the University of Oxford’s coronavirus government response tracker. A stringency index score above 75 is classified as “very high”, above 50 “high”, above 25 “medium”, then anything below is classified as “very low”.