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The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world

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UK now has highest Covid death rate in world Pics: Getty/PA
The UK now has the highest death rate in the world, research shows (Picture: Getty/ PA)

The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world, new figures have revealed.

According to Our World in Data, a University of Oxford research platform, the UK had an average of 935 daily deaths over the past week – equating to around 16 people in every million dying with the virus.

The UK’s Sunday death toll then caused the nation to overtake the Czech Republic in having the highest rate in the world, experts said. The nation’s official figures also tend to be lower on Sunday and Monday due to a weekend lag in reporting.

On Sunday, there were 671 deaths with Covid recorded, while today, a further 599 people lost their lives to the virus. The total number of confirmed deaths from coronavirus now stands at 89,243.

A patient is taken from an ambulance by staff wearing PPE equipment at the Royal Free Hospital in London on January 11, 2021 as surging cases of the novel coronavirus are placing health services under increasing pressure. - Seven mass coronavirus vaccination sites opened across England on Monday as the government races to dose millions of people while a new strain of the disease runs rampant across the country. The sites include football stadiums and a horse racing course, and are located in cities including Bristol, London, Newcastle and Manchester. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
A further 599 deaths with the virus were recorded today (Picture: Getty Images)

This is the highest cumulative death toll in Europe, and is only behind the US, Brazil, India and Mexico on a global scale. However, the UK’s death rate is higher, as those countries have much larger populations. 

Max Roser, the founder of Our World in Data, said other nations had taken quicker and more decisive action during the start of the pandemic, resulting in a much lower death toll overall.

A nurse wearing PPE works on a patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in St George's Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, where the number of intensive care beds for the critically sick has had to be increased from 60 to 120, the vast majority of which are for coronavirus patients. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 6, 2021. With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the country, staff at the hospital, one England's largest, say they are working
Other countries took more decisive action than the UK, experts said(Picture: PA)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Thomas/REX (11710828m) Patients arriving and lines of ambulances as the NHS is under severe stress with the Covid-19 pandemic. Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK - 15 Jan 2021
The UK is one of the countries leading the vaccine race (Picture: Rex)

New Zealand, for example, has not had a death from the virus since mid-September, he wrote on social media.

Our World in Data also revealed that the UK is currently fourth in the list of countries who have vaccinated the highest proportion of their population. Israel has vaccinated nearly 20% of its population, while the UAE has vaccinated 19.04.

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Bahrain is then in third place, having vaccinated 8.32%, while the UK had vaccinated 6.34% as of January 16.

This percentage is likely to rise this week, with Public Health England (PHE) confirming today that 4,062,501 people have now received their first dose of a Covid-19 jab.

However, Boris Johnson has warned the UK is still in a ‘pretty precarious’ position for the time being, with ministers preparing for the easing of lockdown restrictions from around early March.

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