UK overtakes Italy with Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll

5/05/2020 8:46:00 PM

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from the new coronavirus in Europe, new figures show.

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from the new coronavirus in Europe, new figures show.

Only the US, with a population nearly five times greater, has suffered more confirmed fatalities from the virus than Britain, according to the data so far.

Opposition politicians said the figures proved the government had been too slow to provide enough protective equipment to hospitals and introduce mass testing."I'd be amazed if, when we look back, we don't think: yep we could have done something differently there," the government's chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said in response to MPs' questions on testing.

Responding to the ONS figures, a Downing Street spokesman pointed to Johnson's recent comments that Britain had passed the peak of the disease but remained in a "dangerous phase".He also cited the advice of England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty: "Different countries are recording different things in relation to deaths."

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Italy doesn’t report add in deaths in care homes. Additionally can news organizations start reporting deaths per million instead of this absolute numbers tripe.

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Italy eases coronavirus lockdown, pays respects to more than 29,000 dead - ABC NewsItalians are strolling in the park, grabbing take-away cappuccinos and paying respects to the astonishing number of dead as the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic wakes from the continent's longest lockdown.

Death's dividing line: coronavirus in Italy never a national outbreakThe virus has left of trail of suffering in the country's north, where deaths in one city have skyrocketed nearly 570 per cent. BevanShields Interesting difference in air pollution levels over Northern and Southern Italy. Australia has so far dodged a potential catastrophe given our recent bushfire smoke air pollution levels.

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Britain's death toll climbs above Italy's, second-highest worldwide behind United States - ABC NewsBritain's coronavirus death toll overtakes Italy's, with data revealing more than 32,000 lives lost, leaving the nation with the second-highest death toll globally.

Death's dividing line: coronavirus in Italy never a national outbreakThe virus has left of trail of suffering in the country's north, where deaths in one city have skyrocketed nearly 570 per cent. BevanShields Interesting difference in air pollution levels over Northern and Southern Italy. Australia has so far dodged a potential catastrophe given our recent bushfire smoke air pollution levels.

Play video Opposition politicians said the figures proved the government had been too slow to provide enough protective equipment to hospitals and introduce mass testing.Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions of dollars for vaccine research as UN launches summit Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-away cappuccinos and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead as the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent's first and longest lockdown.Very large text size London: Deaths in one hard-hit Italian city skyrocketed nearly 570 per cent in March, in a further sign the coronavirus pandemic is claiming many more lives than official government figures suggest.

"I'd be amazed if, when we look back, we don't think: yep we could have done something differently there," the government's chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said in response to MPs' questions on testing. Responding to the ONS figures, a Downing Street spokesman pointed to Johnson's recent comments that Britain had passed the peak of the disease but remained in a "dangerous phase". He doesn't expect to break even anytime soon, "but you have to take the risk at some point. He also cited the advice of England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty: "Different countries are recording different things in relation to deaths.4 million Italians were allowed to go back to work at construction sites, factories and manufacturing jobs deemed to be at lowest risk for contagion." Italy and Spain, the next worst-hit European countries, have smaller populations than Britain, further complicating comparisons. In Italy, mourners were able to attend funerals, but services were limited to 15 people and there was still no word on when Masses will resume. The virus has stretched the already underfunded NHS to breaking point. Advertisement Deaths in the province of Cremona, the setting for the Academy Award-winning film Call Me By Your Name , were up 391 per cent.

Credit: PA "Putting a graph out with the United States at the top and UK second is not helpful, but once you start to break it down by looking at the population we should be seriously asking questions about what's different," said Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University. "It's a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility," Premier Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians. Across the Tiber in Villa Sciara, Valerio Pileri stood by the stroller as his 2-year-old grandson scampered in the grass. "Why are six countries disproportionately affected?" Heneghan added, referring to a list dominated by Europe. The daily cumulative death toll published by Britain's government, which unlike the ONS figures records deaths only for confirmed coronavirus cases, rose on Tuesday to 29,427 - exceeding Italy's own daily toll for the first time. (AP) People in hard-hit Spain ventured out for the first time in weeks for haircuts or food take-outs, but many small shops were still closed as owners worked on meeting strict health and hygiene guidelines. Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll, saying that excess mortality - the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year - is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable. But not all businesses that could reopen did, a sign that some owners decided it wasn't worth it to serve a handful of customers or hadn't managed to implement new social distancing and hygiene standards. Excess death But early evidence for excess mortality suggests Britain will be one of the hardest-hit on this measure, too. The Spanish government is turning up pressure on opposition parties to approve another extension of the country's state of emergency. In the period between February 20 - when Italy recorded its first death - and the end of March, 90,946 people died of all causes in Italy.

ONS statistician Nick Stripe said excess deaths for the United Kingdom were running about 42,000 higher than average at this point in the year. Loading However, only about 80 per cent of these excess deaths have been linked specifically with COVID-19." Transport and Mobility Minister José Luis Ábalos anticipates a tough debate in parliament on the issue Wednesday. ( AP ) The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), Italy's national statistics agency, reported on Monday that 49 per cent more people died in March than the average over the past five years, with 25,354 excess deaths registered from February 20 to March 31 at the height of Italy's outbreak. The weekly ONS data also showed the peak in COVID-19 deaths has likely passed, although the week to April 24 was still the second-deadliest since comparable records began in 1993. The overall decline also masked a worsening picture in care homes. Ábalos says that without it all the sacrifices made so far will have been "pointless. The ONS said 7911 deaths from all causes were registered in care homes in the week ending April 24, three times higher than a month previously. For the first time in two months, Italians were able to honour some of those dead with funerals, though attendance was limited to 15 people. Only 2346 of the extra 5058 deaths were directly tied to coronavirus.

"These figures show that talk of being 'past the peak' of this awful virus simply does not hold true for social care," said Labour opposition lawmaker Liz Kendall. (Getty) Leaders join forces in the quest for a vaccine French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the United States will join a global pledge for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus . Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying. Sign up to The Sydney Morning Herald's .4 billion euros ($12. In Milan, passengers on sold-out south-bound trains had their temperatures taken before they boarded, and commuter Gabriella Fusca said she felt safe making the trip to Rome.