UK Corrects COVID-19 Death Toll

- Apr 30, 2020-

UK corrects COVID-19 death toll


On April 29, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rab said at the epidemic press conference that there are currently over 26,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the UK. In addition to the newly added deaths that day, there are 3,811 upward adjustments.

Of these 3811 deaths, 70% occurred outside the hospital.

Since the outbreak, the number of infections and deaths in nursing homes in the UK has been increasing. However, the previous official data of the British government only collected the number of people who died in hospitals, which is quite different from the actual number of deaths.

From now on, the daily number of deaths reported in the UK will include COVID-19 patients who die in nursing homes, private residences and other places.

Previously reported that half of the nursing homes in the UK are infected with COVID-19

According to news from April 12, according to MHA, the UK ’s largest charity care organization, at least hundreds of deaths in nursing homes have not been included in the official statistics. The staff said that due to the long-term lack of personal protective equipment and COVID-19 diagnosis and testing, the nursing staff The safety of the lives of the elderly are seriously threatened. The government has invested too much resources and attention into the NHS (British National Medical Service System), which has caused them to receive unequal treatment.

According to MHA staff, more than half of the nursing homes in the institution have suspected or confirmed cases. As of April 8, 121 elderly people and one nursing home worker have died of COVID-19 infection.

The funeral home informed that the hearse would stop under the nursing home window on the way to the crematorium, so that the relatives and friends of the deceased would say goodbye.

According to local media reports, 70% of patients in a dementia nursing home in York City were infected with COVID-19, and 13 elderly people died of COVID-19 pneumonia in another nursing home in York.

According to the industry agency Care England, the number of deaths in nursing homes may be close to 1,000.

But the National Bureau of Statistics said this week that 20 people died in nursing homes across England and Wales in the week ending March 27.

The Alzheimer's Association and other experts in the nursing industry also said that there are 400,000 people living in nursing homes in the UK, about half of the nursing institutions are "in the midst of the disaster" in this epidemic, and hundreds of thousands of elderly people with dementia are at risk of "abandonment" .

In addition to the lack of personal protective equipment and virus detection, the causes of large-scale infections in nursing homes also include the elderly's limited mobility, but in order to avoid the risk of infection, some general practitioners refuse to go to nursing homes to see patients, which delays the elderly's condition;

In addition, some nursing workers are facing low income levels and have to stay at work with their illnesses, thereby increasing the risk of infection.


Further reading:

Editor-in-chief of The Lancet: "Britain made the most serious scientific decision-making mistake of a generation"

Recently, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the internationally renowned medical journal "The Lancet", in an exclusive interview with the British "Financial Times", why western countries did not prevent COVID as quickly as Asian countries and regions such as China -19, gave his opinion.

In the interview, Horton first expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of the United Kingdom and other Western countries to pay enough attention to the warning from China, saying that the Chinese side published a paper in the "Lancet" as early as January 24, which detailed the COVID -19 is terrible and dangerous, but the team of British government experts and relevant officials do not seem to have read this paper and acted in time.

He therefore believes that these British officials and expert teams have committed "the most serious scientific decision-making mistakes of a generation". This is also what he has always thought of the UK's epidemic prevention work.

Secondly, in the interview, he gave his views on why Western countries have performed worse than Asian countries and regions in responding to the COVID-19 epidemic.

He believes that this may be because China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China and other Asian countries and regions treat COVID-19 as SARS, because the impact of SARS on related countries and regions in Asia was too profound, while Western countries did Look at COVID-19 from the perspective of the flu. He believes that this cognitive bias has caused the West to pay a painful price in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition, Horton also reminded countries not to let themselves be complacent after the epidemic was brought under control, especially not to treat the epidemic as a pandemic that swept Europe and the United States in 1918, and mistakenly thought that the epidemic occurred only once in a century.

Because the environment that can breed COVID-19, a "zoozoic virus" (that is, a virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans), still exists, 5-6 such viruses have appeared in the past 20 to 30 years, so Although COVID-19 seems to be the most violent at the moment, it is hard to guarantee that there will be no more terrible in the future.