A nurse in Princes Risborough, UK, talks to her own great-grandmother who lives in a care facility.
Britain has the most corona deaths in Europe. Now the numbers have even been corrected upwards. A spitting attack on a train employee who dies from the virus causes a stir.
I.n The UK may have more corona deaths than previously thought: in England and Wales alone, at least 20,000 people in nursing homes have probably died of the novel corona virus. This is based on calculations by the Reuters news agency based on official data. The National Statistics Office (ONS) also has more deaths than the UK Department of Health: By early May, the agency had registered more than 36,000 deaths suspected to be due to the coronavirus. The figures published on Tuesday go far beyond those of the health authorities.
According to the health authorities, 32,692 people died in hospitals and old people’s homes as a result of the novel corona virus by Tuesday. According to this, 627 new deaths were registered within one day. On the other hand, the ONS recorded 36,473 deaths in the six weeks between March 21 and May 1 and counted all deaths in which Covid-19 was noted as suspected cause on the death certificate.
In addition, the UK continues to struggle with a high mortality rate in old people’s homes despite a drop in the number of deaths per day. “Unfortunately, nursing homes are experiencing the slowest decline,” ONS statistician Nick Stripe told BBC. In England alone, according to the ONS, there were more than 8,000 deaths in retirement and nursing homes by May 8.
The National Bureau of Statistics also attempted to quantify the excess mortality caused by the pandemic: overall, it recorded 50,000 more deaths over six weeks of the epidemic compared to the average of the past five years. Britain has the largest number of corona deaths in the world after the United States.
A death in Great Britain is particularly exciting: an unknown person is said to have spat on two women in London and thus infected them with the corona virus – one of them now died. The perpetrator called the women to “I have Covid” and spat on them, as the victim’s family members reported on Tuesday. A government spokesman described the attack on the rail workers on Tuesday as “despicable”.
It is unclear whether the man was actually infected and infected the women in the March 22 incident. As rail employees, they had many customer contacts. The 47-year-old victim suffered from a pre-existing respiratory disease. The mother of an eleven-year-old daughter died in the hospital about two weeks after the incident. The traffic police meanwhile started the investigation.