Pakistanis more corona target
- UK – 30, 615 death – second highest after US
- Tally 44,000 deaths due to Covid-19 & lockdown
- BEAM people four times more to die than White
- BDs, Indians, Chinese come after Pakistani victims
- Corona worse than Pearl Harbour, 9/11 attacks: Trump
Nation special report
LONDON: Britain has become the world’s second highest coronavirus death toll, after the United States, with more than 32,000 fatalities. More than 44,000 people have now died in England alone from Covid-19 or because of the lockdown, a statistical expert has said.
Statistician Nigel Marriott said data suggests that, on top of almost 33,000 deaths where Covid-19 has been registered on the death certificate, there were a further 11,000 deaths directly or indirectly linked to Covid-19 as of May 1. He estimates that 44,000 people have now died as a result of Covid-19 or as a result of the lockdown across England.
Mr Marriott is using data from the NHS, Public Health England and the Office for National Statistics to make estimates for England. Mr Marriott expects a further 7,000 registered deaths in the following week making 33,000 in total by May.
According to latest report on Thursday, the number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has risen to 30,615 – an increase of 539 over 24 hours. The figures cover the period up to 5pm on Thursday. It comes after the number of people who have died in hospitals after contracting the virus rose by 464 in 24 hours.
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This is the second week the government’s daily announcement has included people in care homes and the community, rather than just in hospital, who have died. But only those who had tested positive for Covid-19 are included, meaning anyone who died with a suspected case won’t be recorded.
That increase consisted of 383 in England, 59 in Scotland, 18 in Wales and four in Northern Ireland. Of those who died in England, 58 deaths actually took place, with the remainder dating back as far as March 19. The day with the most newly recorded deaths was Tuesday, with 120.
Patients in England were aged 28 to 100, with 41 having no known underlying health conditions – including a 28-year-old. Two of Northern Ireland’s four deaths took place. The other two devolved authorities, Wales and Scotland, do not supply data broken down in this way.
Meanwhile, in the 24 hours up to 9am on Friday, 86,583 tests were carried out for coronavirus – the fifth day in a row that the government’s target of 100,000 tests a day has been missed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will review the coronavirus lockdown in England with his cabinet later, after suggesting some rules could be eased from Monday. By law the government must review the restrictions every three weeks, and Thursday marks the latest deadline.
The PM will address the nation on Sunday evening to outline plans for the next stage of the lockdown. The “stay at home” message is expected to be scrapped, with ministers keen to restart the economy.
While the lockdown is largely expected to stay in place, Mr Johnson has suggested some measures could start being eased on Monday. This could include a relaxation of exercise rules, with people allowed to go outside more.
There could also be some encouragement for people to return to work if they are able to.
A new British report said on Thursday Men of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and black people are nearly twice as likely to die from the coronavirus than Caucasians, even when adjusting data for deprivation,.
The statistics chimed with reports in other Western nations, from Finland to the United States, that non-white ethnic groups have been worse hit by the new coronavirus which has killed nearly 263,000 people worldwide.
“The risk of death involving the coronavirus among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of white ethnicity,” the government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a new report.
Black women and girls are 4.3 times more likely to die from a coronavirus-related cause than their white counterparts, and black men and boys 4.2 times more likely than white men and boys, new analysis suggests.
The figures, which have been adjusted for age, suggest that men and women from all ethnic minority groups – except females with Chinese ethnicity – are at greater risk of dying from Covid-19 compared with those of white ethnicity.
The ONS analysis also suggests that, accounting for age, males of Bangladeshi/Pakistani ethnicity are 3.6 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related cause than white males, while the equivalent figure for Bangladeshi/Pakistani females is 3.4.
Males of Indian ethnicity are 2.4 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white males. The figure for females of Indian ethnicity is slightly higher, at 2.7.
Males of Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity were 1.8 times more likely to die, and females from those groups 1.6 times, according to the adjusted model. But individuals from the Chinese and mixed ethnic group have similar risks to whites.
Mayor Sadiq Khan
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said ethnicity should be recorded on death certificates to shed more light. “People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are being disproportionately affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and we need urgent action to reveal the true extent of this inequality,” Khan said.
British health officials have already made research into the ethnic breakdown of deaths a priority.
US President Donald Trump said that the coronavirus pandemic is worse with the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center. “We went through the worst attack we’ve ever had on our country. This is really the worst attack we’ve ever had,” he told reporters at the White House. “This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center.”
“It should have never happened,” Trump continued. “It could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped in China. It should have been stopped right at the source, and it wasn’t.”