Since the outbreak in China at the end of last year, over 251,718 people across the world have been confirmed dead from COVID-19. Besides, over 3.5 cases have been confirmed in over 200 countries on all continents, while according to the worldometers after a COVID-19 infection, almost 1.2 million have recovered.
Britain has the highest death toll in Europe. New numbers have been confirmed, showing that over 32,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus that has brought the world to a standstill.
The National Statistics Office announced that by May 2,29,648 coronavirus-related deaths had been registered in England and Wales.
By adding registered deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the death toll in the UK is higher than in any other European country.
Figures show that the UK is even higher than Italy, which was the most affected country with 29,079 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed. Besides, Great Britain is now at the top of Spain and France with 25,613 and 25,201 respectively.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Raab, had rejected international comparisons that now places Britain over any other country in Europe.
Although comparison in this world pandemic was routine, the Secretary believes that real judgment on how countries have fought can only be after the pandemic is over and after comprehensive international data on causes of death have been released.
However, Mr. Raab defended his government and said that it is now using a different counting scheme. He said the total figure includes all deaths in all situations and not all countries are employing the same. According to him, international comparisons do not currently seem to be correct since not all countries counts deaths in the same way.
Scientists and experts have also warned against international comparisons. They say that the numbers for mortality, the number of deaths for all reasons that exceed the seasonal average, are a more meaningful measure.
The numbers are among the methods used to measure mortality. However, comparing in different countries is a challenge, although this is the clearest sign so far that Britain could be the most affected country in Europe. Still, it will be hit later than other countries.
Now that Britain is the most affected country in Europe, and can be a more pressure on primer Mister Boris Johnson. It will likely be to blame for not enforcing the lockdown early enough to curb the spread of COVID-19, as it was last to enforce than any other European country.
Opposition parties have already voiced concerns about how the Prime Minister initially delayed the decision to call for a lockdown when things were already turning sore in neighboring Italy.
They also accused his government of being too slow to introduce mass tests and provide adequate protective equipment in hospitals.
While Britain is the leader in Europe, it is still lagging behind the United States, which is the world leader in both COVID-19 positive cases and related deaths. Across the country, over 1,224,244 cases with over 71,136 deaths have been confirmed. President Trump believes a vaccine could be found by the end of the year.
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