Coronavirus — Death Tolls Jump in Sweden, UK

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  • The figure is a significant increase, and it is the highest number in three weeks in Sweden.
  • The number of deaths recorded in the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased today to 33,186, an increase by 494 since Tuesday.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Kier Starmer clashed on the PM's handling of the coronavirus.

Sweden has recorded the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the last three weeks. The number of coronavirus deaths is currently approaching 3,500 in the country, after the number of deaths due to the disease shot up significantly on Wednesday. Sweden recorded 147 new deaths due to coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The figure is a significant increase, and it is the highest number in three weeks in Sweden. Not since April 22, when 172 infected persons were confirmed dead, has the number been that high. In total, 3,460 coronavirus infected persons have lost their lives in Sweden. This corresponds to 33.8 deaths per 100,000 people.

The information was released this afternoon, local time, by the country’s Public Health Authority during its daily coronavirus press briefings. Notably, Sweden has chosen a somewhat less restrictive approach to the coronavirus than many other European countries. Among other things, Swedish schools and restaurants have at no time been closed during the ongoing virus outbreak.

Among the people who have died in Sweden, most are elderly people. Coronaviruses also generally affect older people most severely. It is clear from the Swedish Health Board’s details of the dead that 3,051 out of the 3,460 dead are 70 years or older. This is equivalent to just under nine out of ten of the dead, or more precisely, 88.2 percent.

Consequently, the nation’s authorities have decided to hire up to 10,000 nursing assistants, as well as care workers, to help plug gaps in elderly care exposed by the coronavirus outbreak. “The virus outbreak has shown that elderly care is vulnerable, and that has structural explanations,” Sweden Health Minister Lena Hallengren told news reporters. “It’s basically about staff’s conditions,” the minister added.

UK Registers 494 More Deaths

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Elsewhere, the number of deaths recorded in the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased today to 33,186, an increase by 494 since Tuesday. That’s according to data published today by the nation’s Ministry of Health. The total number of cases identified increased from 3,242 to 229,705, according to the same source. That counts those infected by 9:00 AM today and deaths by 5:00 PM the previous day. 

As of Tuesday, the variation had been 627 more deaths and 3,403 more infected. However, government experts prefer to run analyses on the weekly average, which has been on a downward trend since April. Daily data often includes deaths that occurred several days or even weeks ago.

The UK is the country most affected by the pandemic of COVID -19 in Europe, and the second worldwide, after the US. During the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer denounced the fact that the government has failed to present a graph comparing the mortality curve with other countries at daily press conferences. “Yesterday, the government stopped publishing the international comparison and the slide is gone,” Starmer asked. “Why?”

While acknowledging that mortality in the UK is “bleak and deeply chilling,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded that it was too early to make comparisons between countries in terms of COVID-19-related deaths. 

“The UK has been going through an unprecedented once-in-a-century epidemic, and he seeks to make comparisons with other countries, which I’m advised are premature because the correct and final way of making these comparisons will be when we have all the excess death totals for all the relevant countries. We do not yet have that data. I’m not going to try to pretend to the House that the figures when they are finally confirmed are anything other than stark and deeply, deeply horrifying. This has been an appalling epidemic. What I can tell the House is that we are getting those numbers down, the number of deaths are coming down, the number of hospital admissions is down.”

Globally, according to a report from the news agency AFP, the pandemic of COVID -19 has caused more than 296,000 deaths and infected more than 4.4 million people in 195 countries and territories. More than 1.6 million patients were considered cured.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.
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