The United Kingdom on Wednesday reported that 359 further folks have died after contracting COVID-19. The day by day quantity is larger than the mixed whole of COVID-19 deaths that the 27 international locations within the European Union reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its June Three scenario report on the pandemic.
Announcing the U.Okay.’s newest numbers throughout a information convention Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned the nation was taking steps to maintain transmission charges on the decline within the hope of stopping a second wave.
“We need to take steps to manage the flare-ups and stop the virus from re-emerging,” Johnson mentioned.
Of the greater than 382,000 individuals who have died of COVID-19 around the globe, 39,728 have been U.Okay. residents, the Department of Health and Social Care reported Wednesday. The U.Okay. is second behind the U.S. on the record of nations which have reported the best variety of COVID-19 deaths for the reason that pandemic started.
In the EU, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and Germany additionally rank among the many high 10 international locations by way of COVID-19 deaths, in line with a Johns Hopkins University tracker. Of the EU international locations that despatched up to date case numbers to the WHO for its June Three report, France had the very best variety of new deaths, with 107 reported by Wednesday morning.
Though the information within the WHO’s report seems to point out a stark distinction between the variety of new deaths U.Okay. well being officers reported Wednesday and the 332 COVID-19 deaths reported by the EU’s 27 international locations, the group warned within the report that the information was not full and that each one international locations had been working on totally different virus-reporting timelines. For the U.Okay., the variety of deaths included within the WHO’s report had been from Tuesday, when well being officers reported 324 new deaths.
“Differences are to be expected between information products published by WHO, national public health authorities, and other sources using different inclusion criteria and different data cut-off times,” the WHO’s report mentioned. “While steps are taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, all data are subject to continuous verification and change.”
The WHO didn’t reply to Newsweek‘s request for remark earlier than publication.
While the menace from the virus stays excessive within the U.Okay., the nation has in latest weeks taken steps to carry restrictions imposed through the spring. In mid-May, Johnson outlined his plan to restart the nation’s economic system, with colleges, outlets and nurseries first on the reopening docket. Despite the strikes to reopen, Johnson and different politicians voiced concern Wednesday over the virus’s chance of returning, as different nations equally started taking steps to reopen.
During an deal with to the House of Commons Wednesday, U.Okay. Secretary of State for the Home Department Priti Patel mentioned the nation would require people touring into the nation to self-isolate for 2 weeks earlier than partaking with residents.
“We are past the peak, but we are now more vulnerable to infections being brought in from abroad,” Patel mentioned.
Most European international locations nonetheless have tight restrictions in place to forestall vacationers from bringing the virus into their communities, however Italy on Wednesday took a step not one of the others have by becoming the first to reopen its borders to worldwide journey.