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Rosie Patel

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The UK Is The Most Affected European Country Due To Covid-19, However, It’s Making Progress

21 May 2020

According to recent data from the Office for National Statistics, the Covid-19 death toll in the United Kingdom has exceeded 40,000 deaths, making the UK the country most affected by Covid-19 in Europe.

The Office for National Statistics, which is responsible for providing the latest data and analysis on Covid-19 in the UK, records the deaths caused by the virus in a more inclusive manner when compared with other European nations. Spain, for example, doesn’t include untested deaths that may have occurred at nursing homes in its records, whereas the Office for National Statistics in the UK does.

Of the United Kingdom’s 40,000 reported deaths, a quarter of them have been nursing home residents that contracted the Covid-19 virus. Over the previous 2 weeks, however, England and Wales have both recorded a reduced death toll, the first since a state of the pandemic was declared. Furthermore, for the second consecutive week, deaths in English nursing homes from Covid-19 have reduced.




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Helen Whately, the UK’s Care Minister, recently announced to the public that the nation is currently able to conduct up to 30,000 tests per day for residents and staff in nursing homes, in order to continue decreasing the number of Covid-19 deaths.  Additionally, following the advice of scientists, the UK has included the loss of smell or taste to its list of coronavirus symptoms that people should be wary of, and act upon immediately.

Speaking on the UK’s recent triumphs with the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam shared, “The reality is that certainly until we get a vaccine, and only if we get a vaccine that is really capable of suppressing disease levels, will we ever class as being out of this.”

“We may have to learn to live with the virus in the long term for several months if not several years. The vaccine may change that, but we cannot be sure we will get a vaccine.”

At the time of this writing, the United Kingdom has fourth highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, behind the USA, Russia and Brazil.