UK coronavirus death rate 'clearly steeper than Italy'

The UK appears to be on course to have a steeper coronavirus death rate than Italy, concerning new statistics suggest. 

Both the UK and USA are set to pass Spain’s record of peak daily deaths as the Covid-19 crisis escalates, according to statistics put together by The Financial Times. 

While Italy and Spain’s daily tolls appear to be plateauing, Britain now seems to be on a steeper trajectory than coronavirus-battered Italy, while the USA is ‘destined to end up the worst-affected country in the world.’

Today, the UK recorded another 708 deaths as its total deaths topped 4,000. 

In the USA, case and death numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate – now standing at more than 300,000 and 8,000 respectively, according to worldometers. 

John Burn-Murdoch, who specialises in statistics for the FT, explained on Twitter that, cumulatively, the US’s death slope is ‘still far steeper than any other at this stage.’

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Meanwhile, in Sweden – one of the few countries not implementing a lockdown – daily new infections seem to have picked up again after flattening following an apparent mid-March peak.

All the data relies on official figures being accurate and does depend on the level of testing each country is undertaking.

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