RU no topo da taxa de mortalidade por coronavírus
June 4, 2020 -
O Reino Unido tem mais óbitos confirmados por coronavírus por milhão
de habitantes que qualquer outro país. Tem também o maior excesso
de mortes da Europa, com 59.537 mais que o habitual.
Former UK chief scientific advisor David King believes the high number of UK Covid-19 deaths are the result of government inaction in February and March, a belief shared by Helen Ward of Imperial College London who reasons the country has been been playing catch-up from the start.
Ward cites slowness on testing, tracing and isolating people, and on social distancing – the national lockdown didn't begin until March 23, about two months after the country’s first confirmed case. King thinks the governemnt was focussed on other issues, such as Brexit, at the start of the year and failed to take action quickly enough.
Conservative MP Greg Clark, chair of the House of Commons science and technology committee, describes testing levels as inadequate for most of the pandemic, with the problem stemming from the government’s decision to rely on centralised laboratories run mostly by Public Health England, rather than involving the UK’s many private labs, research institutes and universities.
As of the week ending March 20, the UK has 59,537 more deaths than usual, the highest absolute excess deaths in Europe, with the total number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths second only to the U.S., and still rising by more than 100 per day.
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