News World UK on track to become one of Europe's worst hit in COVID-19...

UK on track to become one of Europe’s worst hit in COVID-19 pandemic

Britain is on track to become one of Europe’s worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, according to data on Tuesday that showed deaths from COVID-19 had already topped 20,000 by April 17, including a fast-rising toll in care homes.

The Office for National Statistics said the death toll involving COVID-19 in England and Wales was 52% higher than the daily figures for deaths in hospitals released by the government as of April 17, according to official data that include deaths in the community.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 21,284 people overall had died as of April 17 with mentions of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on their death certificates.

That was some 52% higher than the 13,917 people who died in hospitals, as published by the government on April 18.

That takes the United Kingdom’s total death toll as of April 17 beyond those reported by France – which also includes deaths in care homes – and Spain, according to Reuters calculations, though lower than Italy’s total toll.

A trebling of deaths in care homes in England and Wales within the space of a few weeks contributed to a far higher toll.

The ONS said that overall 7,316 people had died in care homes overall during the 16th week of 2020, almost treble the number reported in the 13th week.

According to figures released by the health ministry on Monday, 21,092 people had died in hospitals across the United Kingdom after testing positive for COVID-19.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

UK national missing since March

  UK national Nakita Yasmeen, 30, has been missing since March this year and authorities have launched yet another appeal for any information. She is thin,...

Man pays 22 thousand fine for trapping and killing dozens of ambelopoulia

  Α sixty three year old poacher in the Nicosia district was fined 22 thousand four hundred euro for illegally trapping and killing 68 songbirds...

26 covid patients at Famagusta General

  Twenty six patients suffering from coronavirus are currently being treated at the Famagusta General, the referral institution for covid-19, as the government is considering...

Low pressure system gradually brings rain (not weekend), as temperatures drop

  A low pressure system is gradually affecting the area, as rain is expected over the next four days, (but not the weekend) with temperatures...

Strong quake kills 24 people in Turkey and 2 in Samos

  Twenty four people were killed in Turkey and two in Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...