England ‘had worst excess death toll at peak of coronavirus crisis’

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 2, 2020

That is likely an underestimate - overall, the number of deaths in England so far this year is more than 53,000 above the five-year average. Spain was ranked second at 6.65 percent, followed by Scotland (5.11 percent), Belgium (3.89 percent) and Wales in fifth with 2.78 percent.

By the week ending May 29, the cumulative mortality rate in England was 7.55% higher than the average mortality rate in the period between 2015 to 2019.

"Modelling of the rate of new infections over time suggests that there is now some evidence that the incidence of new infections has increased in recent weeks", the ONS said.

Edward Morgan, senior research officer at the Centre for Ageing and Demography at the ONS, says analysis of all-cause mortality allows the organisation to examine the impact of the pandemic "not only from deaths due to Covid-19 but also excess deaths that have occurred as a result of the wider impacts of the virus on healthcare systems and society".

Spain had Europe's highest national mortality peak, with deaths at the start of April soaring 138.5% above the five-year average, nearly two-and-a-half times the usual number, according to analysis of figures from British authorities and the European Union statistics agency, Eurostat.

But the PM said on a trip to North Yorkshire today: "We mourn every loss of life that we've had throughout the coronavirus epidemic".

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said of the "devastating" statistics: "We can no longer hide from the fact the Government has not handled this crisis well and needs to urgently learn lessons from its mistakes".

"Boris Johnson must now take responsibility for why we were so badly prepared". See other free reports here.

Over the weeks examined by the ONS, York's excess deaths ranged from 56% lower than average - in the week ending 17 January - to a peak of 110% higher than average, in the week ending 8 May. Madrid, at 432.7% in the week ending March 27, was the worst hit city in Europe. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

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