The United Kingdom’s Covid-19 death toll crossed 40,000, by far it’s the worst reported in Europe, raising eyebrows about the leadership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in handling the coronavirus crisis.
As of May 3, figures published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales were 38,289, the toll includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Since then, more than 2,ooo people have died from Covid-19 in Britain’s’ hospitals; the pandemic killed 285,000 worldwide out of which more than 14% were in the UK.
The data came the next day when Johnson set out a gradual plan to get Britain back to work, though the decision of lifting the coronavirus lockdown erupted debates and confusion among Britain’s.
The devolved nations — Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — didn’t follow the advice given by Johnson, they are still in the state of strict lockdown.
Such a high UK death toll questioning, and increasing pressure on Johnson; those in opposition saying that he was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to start mass testing, and too slow to provide protective equipment to hospitals.
ONS statistician Nick Stripe told BBC TV;
“Care homes (are) showing the slowest decline, sadly.”
“For the first time that I can remember, there were more deaths in total in care homes than there were in hospitals in that week,” he added
Care homes is the third host of all Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales.
According to a Reuters report, care homes got bored with the policy designed to shield its hospitals from the spread of COVID-19, leaving many of the weakest vulnerable.
Even after adjusting for population, Britain is still topping the list of countries that are worst affected by the pandemic, following Belgium, Spain and Italy.