England ‘had worst excess death toll at peak of coronavirus crisis’

England ‘had worst excess death toll at peak of coronavirus crisis’

"This meant that by the end of May, England had seen the highest overall relative excess mortality out of all the European countries compared", ONS statistician Edward Morgan said.

Spain registered the second-highest toll in excess deaths - defined as the number of fatalities registered in excess of the five-year average - while Scotland saw the third worst figures, the ONS said.

Thursday's figures showed the United Kingdom also had Europe's highest excess death rate when adjusted for the size and age of its population.

Although the excess deaths assessment only examined through the end of May, Johnson stressed on Thursday that the pandemic was not over and that Britons shouldn't "delude" themselves into thinking that they are "out of the woods".

Throughout a visit to North Yorkshire, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was requested if he was ashamed that England had the greatest surplus dying fee in Europe.

Because different countries have used different methods to calculate coronavirus deaths, many scientists consider excess mortality a more reliable way to measure the impact of the virus and to draw comparisons.

In terms of highest peak excess mortality by district, Bergamo in northern Italy came first with 847.7% in the week ending March 20 while Brent was the UK's hardest hit local authority with its rate at 357.5% in the seven days up to April 17.

But England had the longest period where deaths were above average, and so overall had the highest levels.

"Every life lost is a tragedy and leaves behind grieving families", he said. During the coronavirus pandemic, many countries have recorded significantly more deaths than expected this year.

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He said that in some countries, including Italy and Spain, the numbers were localised to specific regions, whereas the increase in deaths in Britain was more geographically widespread.

Excess mortality would include not just fatalities that were directly related to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but also the deaths of people who were hesitant to seek care for serious conditions or who did not receive the usual level of care while the health system was focused on the pandemic.

By the week ending May 29, the cumulative mortality rate in England was 7.55% higher than the average mortality rate in 2015 to 2019.

The Health Secretary told Sky News this morning: "This is a decision that's clinically led".

We can no longer hide from the fact the Government has not handled this crisis well and needs to urgently learn lessons from its mistakes'.

The new figures revealed that out of all major cities, Madrid was the worst hit across Europe - recording an excess mortality rate of 432.7 per cent.

The biggest regional spikes were in central Spain and northern Italy.

And while countries in Europe like Spain and Italy had localised breakouts, nearly all areas of the United Kingdom saw an increase in excess deaths.

"There is nothing very surprising in this latest data on mortality, but that doesn't make it any less depressing".

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