The United Kingdom has crossed the symbolic mark of 30,000 deaths linked to the Coronavirus epidemic, becoming the second country most affected by the pandemic in the world after the United States, according to official statistics compiled Tuesday.
Late affected by the coronavirus, the United Kingdom officially became Tuesday, May 5, the second country most seriously affected by the epidemic, after the United States, by crossing the barrier of 30,000 deaths linked to Coronavirus.
The weekly figures of the various regional British statistical agencies show a balance sheet of 32,313 deaths of which Coronavirus is the suspected cause indicated on the death certificate, than a number higher than in Italy.
And the current toll is probably much heavier because these figures relate to deaths until April 24 for England (28,272), Wales (1,376) and Northern Ireland (393), and up to ” to April 26 for Scotland (2,272).
The latest report from the Ministry of Health, which includes only hospital and retirement deaths of patients tested positive for Coronavirus, was 28,734 died Monday.
More than 30,000 dead in two months
The United Kingdom was one of the European countries affected the latest by the pandemic, with the first death announced on March 5. The authorities were accused of having delayed taking the measure of the risks, not anticipating the need for tests and protective equipment and only imposing confinement of the population on March 23. On the BBC, last week David King, government science advisor from 2000 to 2007, described the extent of the mortality as “extraordinary”: “There is a whole series of actions to be taken to manage a pandemic of this type, and yet it seems that they were absent here “.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has suffered from the disease himself, has been charged with not taking the epidemic seriously. He even boasted of shaking hands with patients, some with coronavirus, during a hospital visit on March 3.
While the number of infections increased in mid-March, contact tracing, which involves finding and tracking people who approached the sick, was largely abandoned.
This strategy has however been widely used by South Korea and New Zealand to limit transmission rates.
Mirage of collective immunity
Authorities then seemed to lose control of the disease, but Boris Johnson remained reluctant to establish containment.
His scientific adviser Patrick Vallance then caused trouble by suggesting that “collective immunity” could develop if part of the population recovered from the virus.
Faced with criticism, the government hastened to deny having chosen this approach, claiming that it was simply a “scientific concept and not an objective”.
Hospitalizations and deaths are now on a downward trend. For fear of a new wave of contamination, the containment should be extended Thursday, the date scheduled for its next reassessment, but the government is preparing easing measures allowing a restart of the economy, in full collapse.
According to several media, the exit strategy must be announced by Boris Johnson during a speech on Sunday evening.