Apart from United States who has suffered more death, the United Kingdom has overtaken Italy as the country with highest official Coronavirus death toll in Europe.
COVID-19 has killed over 32,000 people. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales.
Only the United States, with a population nearly five times greater, has suffered more confirmed fatalities from the virus than Britain.
Italy and Spain, the next worst-hit European countries, have smaller populations than Britain, further complicating comparisons.
Spain has recorded over 250,000 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Some 18% of infections — or 43,956 cases — were health staff, a “significant occurrence,” according to head of the health ministry’s emergencies department Fernando Simon.
Two large hospitals in the hard-hit regions of Madrid and Catalonia had “an 11% infection rate among staff,” he said. In general, however, these infections have been mild, he said, as the employees tended to be younger. The mortality rate among healthcare workers was 0.1%, compared to 7.8% for the general population.