Stephen Groton comments
CDC used to report Total Deaths from All Causes on a weekly basis in the US. They stopped reporting it in April 2020 when 2020 total deaths were lower than the same time period 2019. They also wiped out the figures for 2019. "Excess Deaths" began to appear as a statistic after that. The value of a statistic is comparing one number, identically measured and calculated, to another number. If calculated the same each week for decades, then it is a valuable statistic. There seems to be no other reason for changing it or no longer reporting it than statistical manipulation and deception.