The UK on Wednesday became the fifth country on the planet to record more than 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths, a level that probably the most nation’s leading doctors says “must never have been reached.”
Figures from the British government showed that 595 more people in the country died inside 28 days of testing positive for the virus, the highest day by day number since May. The figure took the U.K.’s complete death toll from the pandemic to 50,365.
The U.K, which has the highest virus-related death toll in Europe, joins america, Brazil, India and Mexico in reporting more than 50,000, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
The U.K.’s overall death toll is widely thought to be to be far higher than that as the complete reported only includes those who have tested positive for the virus and doesn’t include those who died of COVID-related symptoms after 28 days.
Like other nations in Europe, the U.K. is experiencing a resurgence of the virus and has imposed new restrictions to curb infections over the last few weeks. England is currently in the course of its second lockdown, which is because of expire on Dec. 2.
Following the news approximately the death toll exceeding 50,000, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. is better equipped to take care of outbreaks than it used to be all through the first wave in the spring, when the country reported more than 40,000 deaths.
Along with the prospect of a vaccine or vaccines against the coronavirus coming through in the following couple of months, Johnson cited far more widespread testing. Final week, the government started its first city-wide testing program in the northwest England city of Liverpool. It is planning more widespread testing around the country over the coming weeks, including of university students in early December ahead of their return home for Christmas.
“This is a global pandemic whose effects, whose treatments, whose implications for the economy — all those have been fitting clearer and clearer as the months have gone on,” said Johnson, who used to be hospitalized in April after contracting the virus.
In Wednesday’s day by day update, the British government also said that another 22,950 people tested positive for the virus. While the number of new cases is much higher than 24-hour statistics recorded in the summertime, day by day confirmed cases seem to be stabilizing, or no less than, growing far more slowly.
On account of time lags, most scientists expect the number of people being hospitalized and dying to continue rising for weeks, even after the number of confirmed infections do start going down.
“Sadly the upward trend is likely to continue, and it’s going to be several weeks before any affect of the present measures — and the sacrifices we are all making — is seen and is reflected in the data,” said Dr. Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England.
Under the terms of the present lockdown in England, non-essential places such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, golf courses, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment venues and stores selling items like books, clothing and sneakers, will have to remain closed until no less than Dec. 2.
Unlike the U.K.’s spring lockdown, schools and universities in England are remaining open this time, as are construction sites and factories.
In a visit to a supermarket in southeast London, Johnson said that “optimistically” the four-week lockdown in England will be eased enough for people to have a Christmas that is “as normal as imaginable.”
Whatever happens in the near-term, there are calls for a public inquiry to evaluate a range of issues that many think have led to more deaths in the U.K. than must differently have occurred, from problems with the testing program to shortages of personal protective equipment at the outset of the pandemic, in addition to the high death rates in care homes and inside ethnic minority groups.
“Today’s figure is a awful indictment of bad preparation, bad association by the government, inadequate infection keep watch over measures, coupled with late and steadily confusing messaging for the public,” said Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, council chair of the British Medical Organization, a union for doctors.
“This can be a point that are meant to never have been reached.”