England confirmed as having highest average coronavirus death in Europe

Rows of new graves being prepared in a cemetery

Rows of new graves being prepared in a cemetery

New official United Kingdom data shows that England suffered the highest excess mortality rates of any country in Europe during the first six months of the year, as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world.

While England did not have the highest mortality rate when compared to other European countries, it did have the longest continuous time period of excess mortality out of any of the other countries.

Wales was fourth on this list at 1.82 per cent higher than the average mortality rate between 2015 and 2019.

England suffered the second highest peak death rate in Europe, after Spain, and is the worst-hit nation in terms of spread after it emerged that Scotland registered third highest death rate in Europe.

By June 12, that rate was 7.61% higher than the five-year average, which was the highest among 18 countries where data was available.

Edward Morgan, senior research officer at the Centre for Ageing and Demography at the ONS, says analysis of all-cause mortality allows the organisation to examine the impact of the pandemic "not only from deaths due to Covid-19 but also excess deaths that have occurred as a result of the wider impacts of the virus on healthcare systems and society".

During a visit to North Yorkshire, he said: "We mourn every loss of life that we've had throughout the coronavirus epidemic".

"Clearly this country has had a massive success now in reducing the numbers of those tragic deaths".

"But I have to tell you that we're looking at a resurgence of the virus in some other European countries".

The UK's mortality rate was raised cumulatively higher by the end of May than even Italy and Spain, which were hit earlier.

By the week ending May 29, the cumulative death rate in England was 7.55 percent higher than the average death rate for the same period between 2015 and 2019.

Birmingham had the highest peak rate of any British city at 250 per cent above average on the week ending on April 17.

The London boroughs of Brent, Enfield and Ealing, and Thurrock in Essex, made the list of the 20 worst-affected regions in Europe, which was topped by Bergamo in Italy.

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