There is mounting fears that the coronavirus could ravage the UK within a fortnight, after a terrifying chart showed the death rate in the country was outpacing even Italy at the same stage of infection. A graph from the Financial Times, which showed the number of days since the first coronavirus death matched against the total number of deaths, saw the UK’s death rate outpacing Italy, Iran, China, and the US. Italy has been labelled as the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 5,000 deaths.
The UK’s death toll rose to 233 on Saturday with a total of 5,018 confirmed cases.
This death toll the exact number that Italy had recorded two weeks ago, as the pandemic spiralled out of control.
Since then, Italy has overtaken China as the country with the most deaths after suffering a total of 4,825 fatalities.
Despite Italy’s unprecedented crackdown and nationwide lockdown, the death toll continues to surge.
Saturday marked the deadliest day for a country in the global pandemic so far, after Italy recorded 739 deaths in a single day,
The latest graph has sparked panic that the UK is just two weeks away from a crisis that is even worse than what is taking place in Italy.
Sophy Ridge pointed to the chart during her interview with UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick.
She said: “The graph shows deaths are happening at a quicker rate in the Uk even than in Italy, where over 4,000 have already died.”
Ridge then pointed to Boris Johnson’s remarks on Saturday evening, where he warned that the Italians have a superb healthcare system yet even their nurses are overwhelmed.
In his remarks last night, the Prime Minister said: “The numbers are very stark and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks – two or three – behind Italy.
“The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand.
“The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing. Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.”
Last week the Government suggested that the true figure of infection cases in the UK could be as high as 50,000.
Published at Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:28:00 +0000