The current rate of Covid infection in Britain is by far the highest in Western Europe, exceeded only by a few countries around the world, the latest research reveals.
What makes the country 12th out of more than 200 states on a global list of Covid infection rates, well above those of the US, Canada and all of Western Europe, as well as other former global “hot spots” like India and Brazil.
A total of 191,771 people tested positive for Covid in England in the week to Sept. 22, an 18 percent increase from the previous week, it was revealed on Thursday.
According to government data released on Wednesday, the UK recorded more than 36,700 new Covid-19 infections and more than 150 more coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period.
That’s roughly 1,300 more than the 35,420 new cases announced the previous day. Globally, Tuesday’s figure was only surpassed by the US, which recorded 84,348 new cases, and was much higher than the figures released by Brazil (14,423 new cases), Germany (11,780), France (5,859) and Italy. (2,962).
In Italy, experts said this week that the use of vaccine passports had slowed the spread of the coronavirus, even though the country has fully vaccinated a smaller proportion of adults, 72 percent, than the United Kingdom (82 percent). ).
The UK government changed vaccine passports in early September and decided not to go ahead with them. However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said they could be reconsidered if cases increase.
Fabrizio Pregliasco, a virologist at the University of Milan, said: “It was a wise choice that paid off for Italy, and we now have fewer cases than the UK, which may suffer the consequences this winter.
“The pass was introduced to encourage vaccines, but it also helps stop the spread of contagion.”
According to the New York Times, which compiles figures from Johns Hopkins University, only 11 countries on Thursday reported average daily cases seven days higher than the United Kingdom.
They were: Serbia (99), Grenada (87), Antigua and Barbuda (83), Bermuda (77), Montenegro (72), Mongolia (63), Cuba (59), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (59), Suriname. (55), Lithuania (54) and Barbados (54).
The three countries that have seen the highest number of coronavirus cases have infection rates well below those of the UK.
The United States, which has recorded 43 million cases and the world’s highest number of 695,000 Covid-related deaths, currently has an average daily infection rate of 34 per 100,000 residents.
India, which has recorded 33.7 million cases and 448,000 deaths, has a rate of just two. Third on the world list is Brazil, which has a case rate of eight.
The major nations of Europe are also experiencing much lower infection rates than Great Britain. Germany, for example, is 10. Other European nations with much lower infection rates include Sweden (6), Spain (5), and Italy (5).
While Britain continues to have one of the highest infection rates in the world, the country’s Covid death rate compares better with other fully developed nations.
The average daily death is around 129, or 0.19 deaths per 100,000 people every day. In the US, the current rate is more than three times higher, with 0.6 daily deaths per 100,000 residents.
But it is lower in most of Western Europe, including Ireland (0.12), Austria (0.1) and Spain (0.09).
Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at the Open University, said it was clear that Britain’s Covid infection rate was well above most other comparable industrialized nations.
“I think there is a feeling that the level of infection is now very low. It is not often that people point out that we are far above all these other countries.
“People often don’t realize that this is the case,” he said.
One of the reasons that has been suggested for Britain’s relatively high case rate is that while the UK has succeeded in vaccinating the vast majority of older people, other countries have been more successful in encouraging adoption among older people. younger age groups.