The latest research has revealed that the current infection rate of Covid in Retin is by far the highest in Western Europe and exceeded by only a few countries around the world.
This puts the country 12NS Among the more than 200 countries on a global list, Covid infection rates are far higher than the likes of the United States, Canada and the entirety of Western Europe, as well as previous global “hotspots” such as India and Brazil.
191,771 people tested positive for Covid in England in the week ending September 22, an increase of 18% over the previous week.
While according to government data released on Wednesday, the UK recorded more than 36,700 new Covid-19 infections and more than 150 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours.
This is about 1,300 more cases than the 35,420 new cases announced the day before. Globally, the United States surpassed only Tuesday’s figure of 84,348 new cases – and was far greater than the numbers released by Brazil (14,423), Germany (11780), France (5,859) and Italy (2,962).
In Italy, experts said this week that the use of passports for vaccinations has slowed the spread of the coronavirus, even though the country has vaccinated less adults – 72 per cent – than the UK (82 per cent).
The UK government ran vaccine passports earlier in September, and decided not to go ahead with issuing them. But Health Minister Sajid Javid said the case of an increase in cases may be reconsidered.
“It was a wise choice that paid off for Italy, and now we have fewer cases than the UK, which may suffer the consequences this winter,” said Fabrizio Brigliasco, a virologist at the University of Milan.
“The corridor was introduced to encourage vaccinations, but it also helps stop the spread of infection.”
According to the New York Times – which compiles figures from Johns Hopkins University – only 11 countries on Thursday reported a seven-day average of daily cases higher than the UK.
They are: 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 most cases of coronavirus have much lower infection rates than the UK.
The United States, which has had 43 million cases and the highest 695,000 deaths linked to Covid, currently has an average daily infection rate of 34 per 100,000 residents.
India, which has recorded 33.7 million infections and 448,000 deaths, has an average of just two cases. And third on the global list is Brazil, which has an average of eight cases.
Major countries across Europe are also seeing infection rates much lower than Britain’s. Germany, for example, stands at 10. Other European countries 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 that of other fully developed nations.
The average daily death rate is about 129, or 0.19 deaths per 100,000 people each day. In the United States, the current rate is three times higher at 0.6 deaths per day per 100,000 population.
But it is lower across 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 the rate of Covid-19 infection in Britain was much higher than most other similar industrialized nations.
“I think there is a feeling that the level of infection abroad is very low now. You don’t often get people to suggest that we are above all these other countries.
“People often don’t realize that’s the case,” he said.
One reason that has been suggested for Britain’s high case rate is that while the UK has been able to vaccinate the vast majority of its elderly population, other countries have been more successful in encouraging younger age groups.