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A man wearing a protective face mask plays with a ball while enjoying the weather following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Brighton, Britain, May 31, 2020.

Britain reaches crucial reopening phase as high mortality figures cause concern

LONDON (China Daily/ANN) -- Britain is at a critical stage as it starts to ease some of its lockdown measures, as data shows the country has suffered the highest rate of excess mortality.
According to a World Health Organiation definition, excess mortality is mortality that is attributable to the crisis conditions. It can be expressed as a rate the difference between observed and non-crisis mortality rates or as a total number of excess deaths.
Based on this definition, Britain now has more deaths than usual, of any country using comparable data since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak according to figures issued by Office for National Statistics.
Previously, both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries have said how this statistic is the most effective and useful way to compare national death rates.
In the week ending May 15, 14,573 deaths were recorded in England and Wales, 4,385 more than the average figure for the week. The number of deaths in the nine weeks since the outbreak began reached 59,359, if figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland are included. The opposition Labour Party’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said the figures showed how the government had “not got on top of this crisis as well as other countries”.
Separately, Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, said on Saturday that people have got to be “sensible and proportionate with the freedom that we absolutely want to give to people because we need to see loved ones”.
The public needed “to actually follow the guidance, don’t tear the pants out of it, and don’t go further than the guidance actually says”, he said.

(Latest Update
June 2
, 2020

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