It notes that 'Official figures count coronavirus deaths in different ways' but only mentions the higher figure:
'The Office for National Statistics records the number of deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a cause on the death certificate, even if the person had not been tested for the virus, with a total of 173,248 deaths recorded up to 24 December.
In January 2021, the UK was the first European nation and fifth country to pass 100,000 reported Covid deaths.
Six weeks later the UK had seen another 25,000 deaths.
But the combined effect of vaccine rollout and lockdown slowed the growth of the death toll throughout the rest of the year.'
This was over three weeks after the FOI request was answered by the ONS, yet I've not been able to find the 17K 'from' covid figure mentioned anywhere on their website, correct me if I'm wrong... If they wanted to provide that context then this milestone was the perfect time to do it, but nada. Plenty of room meanwhile in the article to sing the vaccine's praises, provide quotes from both party leaders encouraging further vaccinations & boosters, a tug-the-heartstrings story of a woman who lost a grandmother and her dad in short succession ('Camilla Claridge, from Oxfordshire, lost her grandmother to Covid in February last year and on the night of her funeral, she learned that her father was also dying with the virus') and fearmongering about 'a surge in infections' from Omicron without noting the low-lethality of the variant, which I think was already well-established by that point. Trust Auntie Beeb to keep us hiding under the covers...
Anyway, I should probably acknowledge that others were pointing this out a long time ago and got royally abused for their troubles. It shouldn't really take ONS confirmation before we have the courage to start asking questions and making these pretty simple points. I guess the feeling was that the stakes were too high in the moment and the danger was of minimising the harm being done when it looked like the libertarian right might be about to 'let it rip'. Also, it fits that the most hyper-capitalist, neoliberal economies would have the highest death tolls and be least capable of weathering a storm like this - which is probably still the case to be fair. Anyway, mea culpa for not speaking up before or defending those who did, fwiw.