The Coronavirus pandemic might be disappearing slowly. The United Kingdom recently recorded a death rate of 170 on Sunday, May 17, 2020. These numbers sharply decreased from the previous record of 468. However, this is the lowest death count since the start of lockdown on March 23, 2020, in the UK.
Business Minister, Alok Sharma, says the new numbers took the death count to a little over 44,000 by Sunday. Even though the number of deaths during the weekend was lower than that of weekdays. It is still an improvement to see a decrease of almost 64% in the death rate due to Coronavirus. But, the overall death story has a different point of view.
Coronavirus pandemic: Death rate in the UK
The death rate was at its peak with 1,172 deaths on April 21 according to official data, but it has been decreasing since then. According to the official reports, almost 246,406 people are active COVID-19 cases. However, The total death rate of the country is at its worst point.
#Coronavirus weekend recap
-4.7 million #COVID19 cases & 315,000 deaths as of 17 May
-1.7 million recovered
-Brazil is now 4th biggest hotspot 🇧🇷
-India adjusts & extends lockdown 🇮🇳
-S Africa reports highest daily # of new cases 🇿🇦
-Death tolls fall in UK, Spain, Italy 📉
— Global Health Strategies (@GHS) May 18, 2020
The figures read that 121,002 deaths were registered in England and Wales between March 21 and May 8, 2020. This is a national increase of almost 75% in the UK. The Coronavirus pandemic is solely responsible for such health deterioration. Oxford University is also trying to come up with a vaccine that can help millions receive a cure. The pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca is busy manufacturing millions of them, as the government promises to inject 30 million people with the antidote by September 2020.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.