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UK 2k/day COVID Deaths?

Cross-posted on Metaculus: Pandemics.

The UK is experiencing its highest number of coronavirus cases, and recently reached its highest single day death figure (1325 on 8 January 2021). A previous question on whether the UK's second wave will be more deadly than the first has a community prediction currently sitting at 99%. Will this wave continue to get worse?

Will the UK have a 7 day rolling average above 2,000 COVID deaths before 1 June 2021?

This resolves on the basis of deaths data from the UK government's COVID-19 dashboard. This question will resolve positively if, before the end date of the second wave as defined below, there is a 7-day period over which the Deaths within 28 days of positive test by date reported on the dashboard exceed 14000.

If the UK government dashboard is unavailable, resolution will be according to ourworldindata.

Data updates meaning that more than 6000 previously unrecorded deaths are recorded on a single day are not sufficient for resolution. If such an update occurs, the number of deaths for that day shall be taken to be the number of deaths recorded 7 days prior (to ensure the same day of the week).

This question should retroactively close 24 hours before the data update which causes resolution.


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