Charts, information and analyses on the covid-19 pandemic


Based on the available evidence on the covid-19 pandemic, citizens of the UK should be sad, angry, scared, and taking action.



People should be sad because of
  • the large number of deaths - and the way in which people died
  • the deaths of health and care workers
  • the delays of urgent medical investigations and treatments
  • the disruption of funerals, weddings, sporting events etc
  • the economic disruption
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People should be angry because
  • most deaths were avoidable by
    • clearer messaging
    • better planning
    • earlier and more comprehensive action
  • some of the poor outcome is a result of deceit e.g. over the readiness of the PPE
  • there has been no apology from the Johnson Government, and there have been repeated denials that any errors were made
  • errors have continued after the initial failures

People should be scared because
  • there has been no apology and no recognition of error
  • there has been no change in personnel or decision-making procedures
  • the virus has not gone away - many countries are experiencing a resurgence of the first wave (e.g. the USA and Israel) or secondary spikes

People should be taking action because
  • the epidemic is not over, it has only just started
  • there is a possibility of a further 150,000 deaths this winter, and the Johnson Government has no plan to prevent it.



The UK response to the covid-19 pandemic has been a disaster, resulting in tens of thousands of avoidable deaths.

The following five graphs show the UK's reported figures on covid-19 to be the worst in Europe.

According to the published figures on covid-19 on 2 July 2020 from Johns Hopkins University [1]:

1. The UK is the worst country in Europe for the total number of reported deaths:



2. The UK is currently the worst country in Europe for the number of reported deaths each day:



3. Clearly, country size is important (larger countries will tend to have more deaths), so it is worth looking at a chart showing daily deaths per 10 million population.
The UK is currently the second worst country in Europe for the number of reported deaths each day per 10 million population (after Sweden):



4. The UK is currently the second worst country in Europe for the number of reported cases each day (after Sweden):



5. The UK is also one of the worst countries in Europe for the number of reported cases each day per 10 million population:




The data is from the Johns Hopkins Hospital website [1].

The charts were generated by the online chart-drawing facility at https://www.iancampbell.co.uk/covid-19.php. Up-to-date charts can be obtained from there.


References
[1]Data sources https://www.iancampbell.co.uk/covid-19/8.html

First published: 21 Mar 2020
Last updated: 24 Jul 2020