Coronavirus: UK deaths rise faster than Italy and China at same stage of outbreak

UK Covid-19 deaths rise faster than Italy and China

The UK’s Sky News produced a report which would have made for chilling viewing in Britain and Spain, which showed that the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK and Spain are showing worse trends than those exhibited in Italy:

Sky’s Ashish Joshi looks at the data and takes us through which areas of the UK have been most affected by COVID-19.

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The graph showed in this report used numbers from FT analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, which modified the outbreak in each country to be “at the same stage”.

Britain is tracking worse than Italy and China were at the same time. Spain is showing a worrying trend, as is France.

Viewers in the US will also feel uncomfortable, as their death rate is moving north, towards a similar point.

There will be variation in each country’s reporting of cause of death, so direct comparisons may need to be viewed in a certain light. We won’t know until much later the full extent of the disaster caused by Covid-19. We do know it is a disaster, and looks likely to be the worst medical event in living memory, globally.

This report explained how different regions of Britain may experience “overwhelming” in different places, at different times, owing to demographics, and the location of hospitals.

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