Covid-19: UK’s death toll is now worst in Europe, second globally

The body of a Covid-19 victim is brought into the temporary morgue at the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Birmingham, England. - The New York Times picture.

Written by TheMole

June 3, 2020

The United Kingdom’s Covid-19 death toll yesterday surpassed 48,000, which is now Europe’s worst.

The figure is behind only the United States’ in officially announced deaths.

Data provided by Office for National Statistics tallied UK’s total Covid-19 fatalities at 48,106.

It was however on a declining trend with the week ending May 22 recorded 2,589 mentions of Covid-19 on death certificates in England and Wales, which was the lowest since the seven days to March 27.

Despite being one of the last European countries to start easing its Covid-19 restrictions, critics said the UK government had done so too quickly as the numbers of infections and deaths were still high.

Meanwhile, the country’s health authorities yesterday published a report confirming that ethnic minorities were the hardest hit by the pandemic.

It among others stated that those of Bangladeshi origin generally had around twice the risk of dying from Covid-19 than white British people.



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