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“Why do we have the highest death rate in the world?” Piers Morgan spear Secretary Brandon Lewis

One of Boris Johnson’s top ministers was called to account by Piers Morgan today for refusing to explain why the UK’s death rate is now the worst in the world.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis was turned upside down by the host of Good Morning Britain over devastating new research by experts at the University of Oxford.

In Britain, in the week to January 17, there were an average of 935 daily fatalities, or the equivalent of 16.5 in a million people, according to the research platform Our World in Data. No other country currently has a higher death rate per capita.

When asked about the figures, Mr. Lewis tries to explain that it is not possible to make a direct comparison between countries.

This prompted the excited host to interrupt and say, ‘W.Respect Minister, as a government you have spent the past three weeks direct comparisons of the vaccination program, comparing it with every other country.

‘We literally never hear you stop talking about it – and you have every right to do that, because we are doing very well.

‘But please don’t tell me you’re not doing international comparisons because you stopped telling us how many people died compared to other countries many months ago when the numbers got really bad.

Yesterday the numbers came out and were the worst in the world. Since you’ve been using international comparisons on the vaccines for weeks, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask why we have the lowest death rate in the world

Mr. Lewis tried to interrupt and said, “It’s just too early to make those comparisons,” while Mr. Morgan kept looking for an answer.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis was turned upside down by the host of Good Morning Britain over devastating new research by experts at the University of Oxford.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis was turned upside down by the host of Good Morning Britain over devastating new research by experts at the University of Oxford.

According to the research platform Our World in Data, there were an average of 935 daily fatalities in Britain in the week to 17 January, or the equivalent of 16.5 in a million people. No other country currently has a higher death rate per capita

According to the research platform Our World in Data, there were an average of 935 daily fatalities in Britain in the week to 17 January, or the equivalent of 16.5 in a million people. No other country currently has a higher death rate per capita

According to the research platform Our World in Data, there were an average of 935 daily fatalities in Britain in the week to 17 January, or the equivalent of 16.5 in a million people. No other country currently has a higher death rate per capita

Covid was England’s biggest murderer in 2020, responsible for one in eight deaths

Coronavirus was the leading cause of death in England last year, responsible for one in eight fatalities, official data shows.

A report published today from the Office for National Statistics found that Covid-19 was responsible for 69,101 of the 569,770 total deaths in 2020 (12.1 percent).

The figure is slightly lower than the 78,076 on the government dashboard because the RVS looks at cases where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate. The official census counts people who died within 28 days of a positive test for the virus. The number 10 figure will also be higher as it includes the deaths from January.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were the second-largest killer in England in 2020, with 66,060 lives, while heart disease was behind 51,979 deaths. Last year, there were only 18,656 deaths from flu and pneumonia, 40 percent lower than average, which is believed to be the knock-on effect of social distance measures.

The ONS report also found that in December, the number of deaths from all causes was 25 percent higher than the five-year average. Covid-19 was by far the biggest killer last month, claiming 10,973 lives. Covid has killed more people than dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease combined (9,646).

Towards the end of the awkward grilling, Mr. Morgan said, “I tried. Viewers can decide if your response is enough … viewers will not understand, they will see you avoid the question.

Mr. Lewis hit back and said, “I haven’t dodged the question, I’ve been honest with you, Piers.”

“You can’t think of any reason why so many people are dying in this country,” he shot at him.

Britain overtook the Czech Republic, which has been at the top since January 11 with a death rate of 16.3, after the latest death figures were released on Sunday evening, when there were 671 victims.

Mortality rates on weekends and Mondays are generally lower in the UK due to a reporting delay, meaning the country’s mortality rate could rise even further this week.

However, there are indications that the UK crisis is starting to slow down thanks to the third national lockdown. Infections have decreased by a fifth in seven days, and deaths are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

The top five countries with the highest mortality rates are rounded up: Portugal (14.82 per million), Slovakia (14.55) and Lithuania (13.01). Panama is the only country in the top 10 that is not in Europe.

Mainland Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic since October, accounting for about a third of global deaths.

In the region’s 52 countries and territories, an average of 5,570 deaths occur daily – 17 percent more than a week earlier.

The US and Canada counted a total of 407,090 and saw the number of fatalities increase 20 percent last week to 869 average daily deaths.

According to new figures, there are now more than 106,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in the UK.

A total of 99,813 deaths have been recorded in the UK so far, where Covid-19 was listed on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK statistical offices.

This includes 90,720 deaths in England and Wales up to January 8, which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.

Since these statistics were compiled, there have been a further 6,447 deaths in England, plus 146 in Scotland, 260 in Wales and 181 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Together these totals mean that 106,847 deaths related to Covid-19 have occurred in the UK to date.

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