There are excess deaths in England and these PHE reports don’t prove otherwise11 January 2021What was claimed The two most recent PHE reports show no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality. Our verdict There are excess deaths in England at the moment. The PHE reports used estimates that were distorted by the reporting lag over Christmas. “The two most recent Public Health England All-Cause Mortality Surveillance reports (31 December and 7 January) show no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality.” The Critic, . PHE’s separate “Excess mortality in England” report shows that deaths in the week ending 25 December were 1.3 times the expected level.