UK Death Rate

22 Million Brits Are Living In Areas That Have Seen Zero Covid Deaths in a Month

Fear of Covid may not be subsiding in the U.K., but the virus is. New Government data shows that a third of Britain has seen zero Covid deaths so far in the month of April. Some areas have gone even longer without reporting a single Covid death – 57 days in Plymouth and two whole months in Oxford and Maidstone. MailOnline has the story.

Around 22 million people are living in areas across the U.K. where there have been no Covid deaths so far in April, official figures revealed today. 

Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the threat of the virus has almost been eradicated in a third of the country, despite everyone still being subjected to harsh lockdown restrictions. 

It marks a seismic shift from the U.K.’s dire situation in January at the height of the second wave, when fewer than 50,000 Britons were in places with zero coronavirus victims during that month.

Analysis by BBC News shows some areas have gone even longer than a month without reporting a Covid death – Plymouth last recorded one 57 days ago and Oxford and Maidstone, in Kent, have gone two months.

The statistics, which go up to April 29th, show fewer than 600 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been reported this month, compared with more than 30,000 throughout the same period in January.

More than half (56%) of local authorities in Scotland haven’t yet recorded a virus fatality this April, with only Glasgow posting more than nine so far.

In England 44% of authorities are yet to record one. The areas are scattered all over the country, showing how the situation is improving everywhere and is not limited to certain regions…

England faces at least seven more weeks of restrictions. June 21st has been earmarked as the earliest possible date that most curbs can be lifted. The rest of the U.K. has yet to announce when it will drop measures.

Given the waning of Covid across much of the U.K., along with the success of the vaccine rollout and the damage which continues to be inflicted on so many aspects of our lives because of lockdown, how can the Government continue to justify the implementation of lockdown measures until June 21st (at the earliest)?

The MailOnline report is worth reading in full.

More Than Half of People in England Living In Areas with Almost No New Covid Cases

Many areas across England have now gone months without enough Covid cases to justify the publication of their data, as the Prime Minister is urged to honour his pledge of following “data not dates”. The Telegraph has the story.

Over half of people in England now live in an area in which new cases of Covid have all but vanished, with some places not reporting a case in public data for more than a month.

Infections have been so low in areas with a total population of 34.5 million that Public Health England has redacted their latest weekly case tallies in order to protect the privacy of those – if any – who test positive.

These 4,307 areas could have had at most two new cases but potentially zero in the seven days to April 4th – and 1,091, home to 8.2 million people, have had their data suppressed every week since the end of February.

Around 20,000 cases are now being detected across England each week – a fall of nearly 95% from the peak of more than 380,000 during the worst week of the second wave.

At that time in January, only six neighbourhoods out of a total of 6,791 in PHE’s data had low enough cases to require redaction under data protection rules, as the more contagious Kent variant of the virus left few areas untouched.  

However, many places have now gone months without enough cases to justify publication of their data.

Areas of Devon including Bampton, Holcombe, Westleigh, Lynton and Combe Martin have all gone 10 weeks with close to zero cases, while in Cornwall Towednack, Lelant, Carbis Bay, Probus and Roseland have gone nine.

On average, areas that have had their most recent weekly case total redacted are now in their third week in a row with close to zero cases, suggesting infections are staying low even after the recent relaxation of lockdown measures.

Conservative MP William Wragg said that the emphasis now should be on “data and not dates”.

It is good that we are making such strong progress and I would hope therefore that there should be no impediment to progress. If the roadmap can be accelerated, it should be accelerated.

Last month, Mark Harper, the Chairman of the Covid Recovery Group (CRG), said that the idea Boris Johnson is following “data not dates” could look “increasingly ridiculous” unless the opening of some things was “[brought] forward”. Infections rose week-on-week in only one in seven areas across England between March 28th and April 4th, which some MPs argue is not enough to excuse the continuation of the “roadmap” out of lockdown at its current slow pace.

Steve Baker, the CRG’s Deputy Chairman, suggested the “stellar success” of the vaccine rollout meant people should now be treated as “responsible adults”.

Worth reading in full.

UK No Longer Has Highest Covid Death Rate in the World

Remember those headlines saying the UK had the highest number of Covid deaths in the world? Back in January, Sky News reported the UK’s daily Covid death toll was the highest in the world. Some news services went further, saying the UK had the highest number of Covid deaths per capita in the world. But new data published by Statista shows that, in fact, the UK’s deaths-per-million are the sixth-highest in the world.

Some small crumbs of comfort there for the Government.

Worth reading in full.