Coronavirus has already killed more British people than the Blitz

Boris and the Blitz
Kerry-anne Mendoza

The UK government only reports deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19) that happen in hospitals. New research shows that the true number of people dying is more than double government reports. Figures prepared by the Financial Times (FT) show that 45,000 people have likely died from Covid-19. To put that in perspective, 43,000 died in the Blitz. Coronavirus has killed more British people than the Blitz.

Death toll

While the government only publishes hospital data, the FT is using the best data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS prepares its figures by using cause of death from death certificates. Given we already know of at least one instance where coroners were discouraged from attributing cause of death to Covid-19, even these figures are conservative.

Heading into the final week of April, the gap between government figures and those prepared by the ONS and others were worlds apart. The blue line represents the deaths the government announces each day, but the red columns feature the more likely figures.

Coronavirus deaths comparison chart

As it stands, the global comparison graphs show only the US with more deaths. If we double the UK figures, we see the true scale of government failure on coronavirus.

coronavirus death toll

Global comparisons

Unlike several European states, the UK had a few weeks warning to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. That time was squandered because the Johnson government decided to accept mass loss of life in order to prevent the economic losses of a lockdown.

Achieving the second-highest coronavirus death toll on earth is bad for a government that assured us we could “ride it out”. This was an approach so unscientific and callous even Donald Trump dismissed it as lunacy:

Moving on

The bad news is it’s difficult to see how Britain moves beyond this crisis. Johnson seems inclined to wait it out in the countryside retreat of Chequers. to recover from coronavirus. And the ‘scientific’ group advising the Johnson government allegedly includes Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s most senior advisor and on-the-record eugenicist. Cummings once suggested the NHS should introduce genetic selection for the fertilisation of embryos, based on intelligence. This is the ideology that drove the Nazis murder en masse those they considered genetically inferior.

With these people making the calls, it’s difficult to see progress happening without extreme pressure from the public and the media.

But there is good news too. If change won’t come from government, it will have to come from the people. This places power into the hands of every citizen. There is no cavalry to call upon. We are the cavalry. And if the British public is to survive this pandemic, it will need to stand up to the Johnson government. If the public rises to that challenge for coronavirus, there’s no telling what previously unthinkable changes to our society become possible.

Featured image via Flickr – Chatham House /Wikimedia Commons

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  • Show Comments
    1. The consequences of liars means deathly trouble in the politic. Still the lies are being told about how many have died, by not recording deaths at home or in care homes.
      A contempt for the public’s health still.
      Why its like Brexit going on and on and on with no resolve. Failure with the electorate, big time.

    2. Coronavirus has already killed more British,
      people than the Blitz
      RABB on LIVE T.V. today 26.4.2020
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      Some point for him to answer to us public
      WHY the hell are you out in public talking c**p Raab?
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      On a new program when Tory + You Rabb are telling
      Us public to stay home All the bloody time. Rabb.
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      No wonder the public are flouting the rules when Govt Minister are doing the same thing Raab.
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      Tory Govt cannot enforce a law or rules on us (joe public) if the Tory Govt member are breaking the rules + law they put in place.
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      Boris get your Minister sorted out before possibly or could or may be all hell breaks out on the street over the lock down rules your party members are breaking every day when being interviewed by live New Programs.
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      Or Boris plus Tory Govt members put a stop to the lock down full now, in all areas of U.K/Wales/Scotland/N/ Ireland, Just stop taking the piss out of us public and come clean on all matter over the C/19 Virus outbreak NOW.
      Your Tory Govt have failed on miserably from day one

    3. While you, from time to time, give favourable reports on the actions of the Scottish Government your anglocentric UK/Britain/England which has been conditioned into you is showing in this article. For almost a month now the full picture of the number of deaths in Scotland has been published daily and announced by the First Minister at her daily briefings.

      As you correctly state, it is very difficult to get detailed information about the details of deaths in England. (i.e. the piece of land roughly south of the Tweed and west of the Severn.)

    4. The tories regard the virus as a godsend; they have looking for years for an excuse to ban the Durham Miners’ Gala, or a reason to shut down every pub in the country, to stop workers from meeting and “talking Union”.

    5. Interesting article!

      I definitely used to question the virus and its validity but people close to me have actually been committed and it seems like despite printing millions to stabilize the FX rate the government is only focused on getting small undigitalized businesses off the scene to allow the big dogs to take over and trying to use charity to pay for their poor health arms of their businesses.

      But I urge people to get masks and actually just keep yourselves and families safe, i got some of chemwear which came quickly and do the job!

      Stay safe!

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