Britain has the highest death rate from coronavirus in the world: in the week before January 17, 935 people died from a fatal infection in Albion every day, equivalent to 16.5 people per million. Statistics compiled by the Our World in Data research platform at the University of Oxford show that no other country on the planet currently has a higher death rate per capita. Max Roser, founder of Our World in Data, blamed the shocking death toll on the British government, which he believed was too slow in fighting the coronavirus. “The last death from COVID-19 was in New Zealand in mid-September,” he wrote on Twitter.
The United Kingdom has overtaken the Czech Republic, which has been at the top of the list since January 11, with a death rate of 16.3 people per million, Mailonline reported. Rounding out the five countries with the lowest mortality rate are Portugal (14.82 per million), Slovakia (14.55) and Lithuania (13.01). Panama is the only country out of ten on the list that is not in the Old World. Mainland Europe has been a pandemic hotspot since October last year, accounting for about a third of the world’s deaths. In 52 countries of the continent, an average of 5,570 deaths are recorded every day – 17 percent more than a week earlier.
UK weekend and Monday mortality statistics tend to be lower due to reporting delays, which observers say means the country may rise even more this week. However, there are signs that the coronavirus crisis in Albion is starting to slow down thanks to a third national isolation. In seven days, the number of infections has dropped by one fifth, and the number of deaths is expected to decrease in the coming weeks.
As of Monday, at least 2,034,705 people have died from the coronavirus and more than 95 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll is approximately equal to the population of Brussels, Minsk or Vienna. The past week was the deadliest since the start of the pandemic, with more than 13,600 deaths worldwide on average every day, up 20 percent from the previous week.