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UK COVID-19 death toll rises to nearly 50,000, Reuters tally shows

By Andy Bruce

 

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FILE PHOTO: An ambulance crew member from the South Central Ambulance Service loads a patient into an ambulance, near Portsmouth, Britain May 5, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll neared 50,000 on Tuesday, confirming its place as one of the worst hit countries in the world just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to ease the stringent novel coronavirus outbreak.

 

The toll now stands at 49,646, including death certificate data for England and Wales released on Tuesday up to May 22, previously published figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and recent hospital deaths in England.

 

Such a large death toll has prompted criticism of Johnson, who opposition parties say was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to protect the elderly in nursing homes and too slow to build a test and trace system.

 

Johnson's government says that while it may have made some mistakes it is grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak and that it has ensured the health service was not overwhelmed.

 

Still, the grim death toll surpasses even some projections by the government's own scientific advisers.

 

In March, Britain's chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a "good outcome". In April, Reuters reported the government's worst-case scenario was 50,000 deaths.

 

Unlike the daily death toll published by the government, Tuesday's death certificate figures include suspected cases and confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

 

Epidemiologists say excess mortality - deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year - is the best way of gauging deaths from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable.

 

Some 62,000 more people than usual have died in the United Kingdom during this year's coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest available data, an expert from the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday.

 

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What really needs to be shown is the TOTAL number of deaths through the last winter period compared to the last several years. I strongly suspect that there will be very little, if any, increase. In winter people die from many respiratory ailments, on top of cancer, diabetes, whatever 😞 The media have wildly succeeded in blowing this event totally out of proportion through scare mongering and omission of other relevant data, and for what ???

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So where have they (Reuters) got that number from?

Because I can not find any numbers that match that.

Reuters have about as much credibility as WHO now absolute ZERO.

Is this still coming from Reuters based in China?

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7 minutes ago, Knocker33 said:

So where have they (Reuters) got that number from?

Because I can not find any numbers that match that.

Reuters have about as much credibility as WHO now absolute ZERO.

Is this still coming from Reuters based in China?

Yup, i am also wondering what the true number of uk deaths is .

 

Reuters has it at nearly 50,000 whilst other sources have it at nearly 40,000 ??

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12 minutes ago, Traubert said:

 Dont blame China for the UK's shortcomings.

 

Those are the UK's alone.

 Your are joking. Don't blame China?  Don't forget who started all this s##t. 

Apart from that where are they getting that figure from? Just another scaremongering headline

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30 minutes ago, Knocker33 said:

So where have they (Reuters) got that number from?

Because I can not find any numbers that match that.

Reuters have about as much credibility as WHO now absolute ZERO.

Is this still coming from Reuters based in China?

UK ONS   Deaths England and Wales 43000  the rest from Scotland and NI

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5 hours ago, nobodysfriend said:

 

Johnson's government has made a lot of mistakes , and still continues to do so ... with an enormous death toll still rising , it is definitely too early to open up again .

The death toll a county suffers reflects the capability and intelligence of it's government .

 


Add to that the expected 50000 additional deaths from cancer due to skipped checkups and treatments, caused by the covid panic (according to Professor Karol Sikora, the Founding Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Buckingham Medical School and an ex-director of the WHO Cancer Programme, see his interview by unherd.com on youtube).

So we have already 50000 Covid-19 deaths, plus 50000 lockdown cancer deaths = 100000! As you say, "The death toll a country suffers reflects the capability and intelligence of its government" ! (your typos corrected)

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17 minutes ago, yuyiinthesky said:


Add to that the expected 50000 additional deaths from cancer due to skipped checkups and treatments, caused by the covid panic (according to Professor Karol Sikora, the Founding Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Buckingham Medical School and an ex-director of the WHO Cancer Programme, see his interview by unherd.com on youtube).

So we have already 50000 Covid-19 deaths, plus 50000 lockdown cancer deaths = 100000! As you say, "The death toll a country suffers reflects the capability and intelligence of its government" ! (your typos corrected)

Is this the same Sikora who claimed at the Libyans request that  the Lockerbie bomber had only 3 months to live .

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