8.6 C
New York
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Home World News U.K. appears to be on track for 1 of Europe's highest COVID-19...

U.K. appears to be on track for 1 of Europe’s highest COVID-19 death tolls


Britain is on track to record one of the worst coronavirus death tolls in Europe, after data published on Tuesday showed fatalities topped 24,000 nine days ago.

A day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of success in dealing with the outbreak, the new figures showed the week ending April 17 was Britain’s deadliest since comparable records began in 1993.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 21,284 people had died in England by April 17 with mentions of COVID-19 on their death certificate. Together with figures from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the total United Kingdom death toll was at least 24,000 as of April 19.

“The United Kingdom is going to be right up there among the worst-hit nations in the initial surge,” said Bill Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“With the most optimistic views of the amount of immunity that might be being generated, it would be still not be close to having enough to be able to return to normal,” he told Reuters.

Unlike the hospital death tolls announced daily by the government, the fresh figures include deaths in community settings, such as care homes where overall fatalities have tripled in a few weeks.

Overall, Tuesday’s figures for COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales up to April 17 were more than 50 per cent higher than the daily toll for deaths in hospitals initially announced by the government.

On Monday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned it is still too early to relax social-distancing measures. Johnson returned to Downing Street this week after recovering from COVID-19 (Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images)

The figures underline the scale of the challenge facing Johnson as he returns to work after himself recovering from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and the dangers of relaxing Britain’s lockdown too soon.

He warned on Monday that it was still too dangerous to relax stringent measures wreaking havoc on the economy, for fear of a deadly second outbreak.

U.K. would exceed France

The ONS bases its figures on mentions of COVID-19 in death certificates, including suspected cases rather than those who actually tested positive.

Scotland last week reported 1,616 deaths that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate as of April 19. Northern Ireland posted 276 as of April 17. Another 1,016 had died in Wales.

A UK death toll of more than 24,000 puts it among the worst-hit in Europe, exceeding France — which also counts deaths in care homes — by about 5,000 at that time.

A member of the public jogs past a display of signs erected by a local artists on Tuesday in London. As social-distancing measures continue, data suggests that Britain’s death toll is close to Spain or Italy, the worst-affected countries in Europe. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Britain’s true toll may be closer to Spain or even Italy, Europe’s worst-affected countries, although their reporting of deaths outside hospital is patchy so exact comparisons are difficult.

The latest daily figures released by Britain’s health ministry for COVID-19 deaths in hospitals hit 21,092 on Monday.

Including all causes of death, 22,351 people died in England and Wales in the 16th week of 2020, the biggest total since comparable records began in 1993, the ONS said.

This was 11,854 more than average for the week. Given that only 8,758 cases mentioned COVID-19 in death certificates, it is possible that even the comprehensive ONS data are undercounting the true toll.

Last week, a Financial Times analysis based on the gap between the significant increase in all deaths and those that mentioned coronavirus put Britain’s true death toll at over 40,000. 



Source link

Today news
Today News 1 runs four of the western GTA’s most influential media websites, offering news, food, lifestyle and entertainment coverage for millions to the Golden Horseshoe and GTA regions. The independently-run, online news source was founded in 2019 and specializes in everything from breaking news to food and restaurant, arts and entertainment and lifestyle coverage.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Matt Damon on his new film, Stillwater, and why there’s ‘no diplomacy’ between him and Ben Affleck

People like Matt Damon. Whether he's playing Jason Bourne, Mr. Ripley, Private Ryan or Will Hunting, Damon is an actor that moviegoers are...

It took over a year for cross-border concertgoers to finally see ticket refunds

Luc Noel and Bronwen Stenger had separate plans to attend concerts in Michigan, and each bought tickets before the pandemic began. Neither anticipated it...

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies in his sleep at 72

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the Texas blues rock trio's bearded figures, died at his Houston home, the band announced Wednesday....

Animated children’s series Arthur to end in 2022

After almost 25 years in production, beloved animated series Arthur will debut its final season in winter 2022. In an email statement...

Recent Comments