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.