- The figures published daily by the British health authorities only take into account hospital deaths of patients who tested positive.
- According to experts, the United Kingdom is currently going through the peak of the pandemic.
- Other reports show that there is no significant increase in the number of hospital visits due to COVID-19.
The UK announced 888 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours on Saturday from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number to 15,464 deaths. The figure represents a slight increase compared to the 847 deaths announced on Friday by the Ministry of Health. At 09:00 hours on Saturday, 357,023 people had undergone contagion tests, and 114,217 had tested positive.
This represents an increase of 5,526 affected, compared to the previous day, according to official data. The figures published daily by the British health authorities only take into account hospital deaths of patients who tested positive, a method that has been criticized because it does not include deaths in nursing homes or at home.
The National Statistics Office uses a more extensive count, but with a delay of about ten days. As of April 3, it had tallied 217 deaths in nursing homes in England and Wales, according to its latest weekly balance. However, an organization that groups private nursing homes, Care England, warned that these deaths could be much more important, in the order of 7,500 victims.
The British government decided on Thursday to extend the confinement in place since March 23 by at least three weeks to slow the epidemic. They also announced the next day that it will accelerate its efforts to develop and mass-produce a vaccine as soon as possible.
The accusation that the state is responding slower than it is allowed to do has come from many angles. Meanwhile, research on vaccination has accelerated. The University of Oxford is planning to test the vaccine in humans next week. However, experts say that the onset of the disease is yet to be determined.
Therefore, it does not make sense to say that the arc has started to become horizontal based on the current death toll. Although the disease is strong at this stage, the resulting deaths will still take longer. So, they say the figures for Britain will be revealed in the coming days.
However, other reports show that there is no significant increase in the number of hospital visits due to COVID-19. Similarly, the Symptom Tracking App shows that the number of people who show symptoms of cough and flu has dropped by nearly 70% in the last two weeks.
However, Professor Anthony Costello, former director of maternal, child and adolescent health at the World Health Organization, told the House of Commons yesterday that at least 40,000 people will die. Health experts say that if the death toll is reduced to 20,000, that would be a huge benefit for Britain.
The nation’s first coronavirus case was confirmed on February 28. Lockdown was announced in the UK on March 23, when the outbreak became out of control.
Professor Costello told the House of Commons that there could be “many more coronavirus attacks on Britain.” So far, only 10 to 15 percent of the population has been infected. According to Heard immunity, it will need another five or six times, to make up 60% of the total sufferers. He cites a Dutch study showing that only about three percent of patients develop an antibody to prevent it. According to predictions, 60% of Britons, about 40 million, will be infected.
The impending crisis in the UK’s health sector is also indicative of a worsening of the disease. About 40 health workers have already died from the virus, and many are undergoing treatment. It is only a matter of course that the war cannot be carried forward effectively, as the leading fighters become bedridden.
Another major problem is the lack of essential safety equipment in the National Health Service (NHS). The Health Workers Union announced yesterday that its members will quit their jobs if it does not get adequate security. The best way to prevent the spread of the corona is to find it as soon as possible and avoid contact with others. All it takes is a wide range of COVID-19 tests. This is not happening in Britain either.