UK has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe

UK has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe

UK now has the second-highest confirmed death toll in Europe from the novel coronavirus disease outbreak, according to official figures on Wednesday covering deaths in all environments, including nursing homes. 

Around 26,097 people have died across the UK after positive test results for COVID-19 on April 28 at 1600 GMT, according to Public Health England (PHE). This means the UK has had more COVID-19 fatalities than recorded by France or Spain.

Yvonne Doyle, medical director at PHE, said that, “These more complete data will give us a fuller and more up to date picture of deaths in England and will inform the government’s approach as we continue to protect the public.”

Such a high death toll in the United Kingdom raises the pressure on the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, criticized by opposition parties for being too late to enforce a lockout and too late to implement mass testing. 

The Government's Chief Scientific Consultant said keeping the United kingdom death toll below 20,000 would be a "good outcome." 

Following challenging international comparisons, the latest statistics affirm Britain's position among the hardest affected European countries by the outbreak. 

Italy, which also has the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States, said on Wednesday that 27,682 people died after positive coronavirus tests.