Coronavirus: UK becomes first European country to kill 30,000


Clinical staff care to patients at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge

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Over 13,000 people treated for Covid-19 in hospitals in Britain

The United Kingdom has become the first country in Europe to transmit 30,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to the latest government figures.

A total of 30,076 people died in hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community after testing positive for the virus, 649 more than on Tuesday.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was “heartbreaking loss.”

On Tuesday, the number of deaths recorded in the United Kingdom exceeded the total for Italy, becoming the highest in Europe.

The latest total for Italy, which also records deaths from people who tested positive for the virus, stands at 29,684.

The United Kingdom now has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths recorded in the world, just behind the United States, which has more than 70,000.

Experts have warned that it may take months before full global comparisons can be made.

Each country also has different test regimes, with Italy performing more tests than the United Kingdom to date.

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Jenrick said, “It is difficult to make international comparisons with certainty, there will be a time for that.

“It is a difficult calculation to do with precision today. “

However, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter – a member of the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group (Sage) advising the government on the pandemic – said that the UK “should now use other countries to try to understand why our numbers are so high ”.

Professor Spiegelhalter tweeted the remark, urging ministers to stop referring to an article he wrote for the Guardian “Pretend that we cannot yet make international comparisons”.

He added that his article only referred to the impossibility of drawing up “detailed rankings” to compare international deaths.

Earlier in the Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was too early to make global comparisons, highlighting Sir David’s article in response to criticism from Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.

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Media captionSir Keir Starmer says UK death toll figures are “neither a success nor an apparent success”

Meanwhile, UK coronavirus testing fell to its lowest level in a week.

The government carried out 69,463 tests on Wednesday in the 24 hours until 9:00 am Paris time on Wednesday, which is below its goal of 100,000 tests for the fourth consecutive day.

He previously committed to 100,000 tests a day starting in early May – he has reached that number twice.

In addition to in-person testing, it also includes thousands of postal tests, which were not necessarily done on the day.

Ghost Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth tweeted, “The tests should be up, not on this downward trajectory. Ministers must explain why they fail to deliver the promised tests. “

Boris Johnson said earlier that his “ambition” was to increase testing capacity for coronaviruses to 200,000 a day by the end of May.

The UK recorded 6,111 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the third highest daily total to date.

The number of new cases – over 6,000 – may seem shocking. It is after all one of the highest daily totals to date.

But that’s not quite what it seems.

Because many more tests are done than they were (even taking into account the drop in activity since the 100,000 mark was “reached” last week), more cases that would have been before not detected are now diagnosed.

Two-thirds of these new cases are part of groups that just a month ago would have mostly gone undetected, including those over 65 and those who have to leave their homes to go to work.

This does not mean that there are more viruses in circulation.

All indications – from hospital admissions to deaths – show that the number of infections has been decreasing for some time.

The apparently high number is simply a consequence of additional testing.

It has been just over nine weeks since the UK recorded its first death on March 2. The personal stories of those who have died continue to emerge.

Among them is Jennie Sablayan, a 44-year-old hematology nurse who has worked at University College London Hospital for over 18 years. The hospital said she was an “expert in her field” who treated cancer patients with kindness and dedication.

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Jermaine Wright worked in the aseptic unit at Hammersmith Hospital

Jermaine Wright, 45, a senior pharmacy technician at the NHS, has been described as a “human person” passionate about cooking and soccer. He has been called the “engine” of the amateur football scene in London.

Afua Fofie, a medical assistant in London, was “known for her infectious laughter and her willingness to go the extra mile for patients and colleagues,” according to the Hounslow and Richmond C ommunity Healthcare Trust.

Meanwhile, five residents died in a nursing home at the center of a Covid-19 epidemic on the Isle of Skye.

In other developments:

  • Boris Johnson said he “bitterly regrets” the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes

  • Former government adviser, Professor Neil Ferguson, will not face police action after admitting to ‘undermining’ social distancing rules
  • New Banksy illustration of boy kneeling near wastebasket appeared at Southampton General Hospital
  • Mother whose baby was born two months earlier because she was critically ill with a coronavirus congratulated the hospital staff who saved her life
  • Heathrow Airport boss says he is testing passenger temperature control system

  • Uber announced plans to cut 3,700 full-time employees after business collapsed during lockout
  • American and British researchers have identified hundreds of mutations in the virus that causes Covid-19 disease
  • And Debenhams has confirmed that five more stores will not reopen after the lifting of the lockout restrictions


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