In the UK, more than 100,000 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began. “It is hard to grasp the sadness behind these dark statistics,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday. He is deeply sorry for every life lost, said Johnson. He takes full responsibility for his government’s decisions in the pandemic.
However, this has done everything in its power and will continue to do so, said Johnson. Critics, on the other hand, complain that the corona measures were often taken too late or incorrectly. Britain is the country hardest hit by the pandemic in Europe.
After a massive increase in the number of cases related to the new variant B.1.1.7 in December, the country recorded the world’s highest daily Covid death rate. A tough lockdown has been in place since the beginning of the year to contain the out-of-control situation. Despite the drop in the number of cases, it will take a long time for the death rate to decrease noticeably, warned government medical advisor Chris Whitty. There will probably be “quite a few more deaths”.
In the past week, an average of more than 1,200 corona deaths were reported each day. The British opposition leader and leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, described the milestone of 100,000 deaths as a “national tragedy”.
Hospitals remain under massive pressure in many parts of the country. More Covid-19 patients are currently being ventilated than at any other time in the pandemic.