Coronavirus is still a prevalent threat to Britons. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “second wave” of coronavirus in Europe. The PM said the government had to be “swift” in taking action against Spain and would take measures against other countries as needed.
People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for 10 days.
The change was announced by the UK’s four chief medical officers and comes as ministers try to avoid a resurgence of the virus.
Until now, those showing symptoms were only required to self-isolate for seven days.
The new advice is in line with World Health Organization guidance.
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England suffered the highest levels of excess deaths in any country in Europe during the first half of 2020 according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.
England had the largest overall increase in the number of deaths.
However, in Spain, the highest peak of the coronavirus crisis was reported.
Scientists have said excess mortality figures are the most reliable measure of the relative impact of COVID-19.
Excess mortality is a measure of how many more people than usual died during a given period.
The ONS said it is the “best way of comparing the mortality impact internationally”.
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Coronavirus UK hotspots: England had the highest peak excess mortality
The ONS report read: “Of the four nations of the UK, England had the highest peak excess mortality (107.6 percent in week ending 17 April).
“England saw the second-highest national peak of excess mortality during Weeks 8 to 24 (week ending 21 February to week ending 12 June), compared with 21 European countries, with only Spain seeing a higher peak; at the equivalent of local authority level, areas of Central Spain and Northern Italy saw the highest peaks of excess mortality and exceeded any parts of the UK.
“While England did not have the highest peak mortality, it did have the longest continuous period of excess mortality of any country compared, resulting in England having the highest levels of excess mortality in Europe for the period as a whole.”
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Which areas of Britain are the deadliest?
According to the major cities analysis from the ONS, the highest peak excess mortality was seen in England.
By the week ending May 29, the cumulative mortality rate in England was 7.55 percent higher than the average mortality rate in the period from 2015 to 2019.
Spain was ranked in second place at 6.65 percent and in third place was Scotland at 5.11 percent.
Coronavirus UK hotspots: Regions in the UK where the highest excess deaths were reported in the UK
Coronavirus UK hotspots: Birmingham, London and Manchester had the highest relative excess mortality
The following UK cities had the highest relative excess mortality:
- Birmingham – which had the highest peak excess mortality for any major British city at 249.7 percent for the week ending April 17.
- London – which had the second-highest peak excess mortality at 226.7 percent for the week ending April 17
- Manchester – which had a peak excess mortality rate of 198.4 percent for the week ending April 17.
The ONS data also revealed the top 10 local authority areas with the highest peaks of relative age-standardised mortality rates (rASMRs) all occurred in Italy and Spain.
But amongst the top 20 areas are four areas of the UK, of which three are in London and one in Essex, South East England.
- Brent, London
- Enfield, London
- Ealing, London
- Thurrock, Essex
England’s cumulative mortality rate was 7.61 percent higher than the five-year average by the week ending June 12.
This figure was the highest among the 18 countries where data was recorded.
ONS’ health analysis and life events Edward Morgan said: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first half of 2020 saw extraordinary increases in mortality rates across countries in Western Europe above the 2015 to 2019 average.
“The highest peak excess mortality at national level was in Spain, with some local areas in Northern Italy and Central Spain having excess mortality levels as high as 847.7 percent of the average.
“While none of the four UK nations had a peak mortality level as high as Spain or the worst-hit local areas of Spain and Italy, excess mortality was geographically widespread throughout the UK during the pandemic, whereas it was more geographically localised in most countries of Western Europe.
“Combined with the relatively slow downward ‘tail’ of the pandemic in the UK, this meant that by the end of May, England had seen the highest overall relative excess mortality out of all the European countries compared.”