The scope of such an assessment raises questions. The United Kingdom is the first European country to cross the threshold of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Ever since Prime Minister Boris Johnson bragged about shaking hands with the sick at the hospital in early March, the country, currently reconfined, is in its third wave of the pandemic, much more virulent due to a variant considered more contagious and potentially more deadly.
This variant, which is transmitted 30 to 70% more easily, is believed to be largely responsible for the severity of the epidemic outbreak currently affecting the UK. According to the daily report of the Ministry of Health, There were 1,631 additional deaths Tuesday within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the total to 100,162 deaths.
“I deeply regret every life lost and, of course, as prime minister, I take full responsibility for everything the government has done.”the head of government reacted on Tuesday. Although since then London has put all its efforts into vaccination to get out of the crisis, Boris Johnson continues to be widely criticized for crisis management failures and repeated turnovers..
An underestimated risk
From the beginning, the commissioner has been accused of having underestimated the scope of the pandemic, confined too late and out of control too fast and too strong during the summer, thus ignoring the advice of scientists. The first death was announced on March 5, 2020. Shortly after health authorities had estimated that if the death toll could be contained below the 20,000 mark, it would be a “good result.” The meter has not stopped working since then, with a record 1,820 deaths in 24 hours on January 20.
Also criticized at first for insufficient detection and a shortage of protective equipment for caregivers, later for a very expensive system to track cases of failed contacts, the authorities are now concentrating all their efforts on vaccination.
A strategy based on vaccination
The UK was the first Western country to approve a vaccine in early December. Faced with the dramatic worsening of the health crisis since then, authorities have postponed the injection of the second dose to 12 weeks and mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers to accelerate the campaign. transform cathedrals and mosques into vaccination centers, and even mobilizing pharmacies.
The goal is to administer a first dose of vaccine to 15 million people over 70 years of age and caregivers in mid-February, to consider the lack of control and reopening of schools. Since the launch of the campaign in early December, more than 6.8 million people have already received a dose, but concern is growing about delays in deliveries in Europe announced by Pfizer and AstraZeneca laboratories.
To protect itself from the arrival of potentially resistant new variants, the government has decided to strengthen its border, now requiring negative tests and imposing 10 days of quarantine on all arrivals from abroad.