Coronavirus ‘growing at faster rate’ in Spain says expert
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Coornavirus is now a global pandemic. Since emerging in China in December, the virus – known as COVID-19 – has spread to more than 200 countries and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 12. More than a month later and we’re no closer to halting the spread, with the death toll rising every day.
In the UK, experts have now made apolyptic predictions which suggest Britain could have the biggest death toll in Europe.
As the UK death toll passed 10,000, Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, claimed the UK could see “one of the worst, if not the worst” death rates on the continent.
And one m odelling figure suggests there could be 37,493 deaths in Britain, while Italy – which currently has the seconds highest death figure – is forecast 20,000 deaths, and Spain 18,000.
Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, from University of Cambridge, said: “We appear to be following a slightly worse trajectory than Italy and it is plausible that we might end up with the most in-hospital COVID deaths in Europe.
“However the IHME projections still seem unduly pessimistic, even after their recent dramatic change.”
But just how bad is it really? Express.co.uk has compiled the latest figures below. Check back daily for the latest updates.
Coronavirus death toll: How many have died from deadly virus? How many infected? (Image: Getty)
Coronavirus death toll: A National Institutes of Health handout shows a microscopic image of COVID-19 (Image: AFP)
How many have died from deadly virus?
COVID-19 is now spreading faster outside of China, in particular in Europe, which has been dubbed the “epicentre” of the outbreak by the World Health Organization.
Since first emerging in Wuhan, as of 10am on April 13, coronavirus has killed 114,215 people worldwide.
In the USA, 22,106 people have died. This figure is followed by 19,899 deaths in Italy, 17,209 deaths in Spain and 14,393 in France.
In the UK, the number of deaths has reached 10,612.
Coronavirus death toll: A worker in protective clothing at the Warmdene doctor’s Surgery at County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton (Image: Getty)
Coronavirus death toll: A man is screened in China (Image: Getty)
How many people have been infected with COVID-19?
As of 10am on April 13, there have been 1,850,220 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
That’s equivalent to 237.94 cases per one million people.
Of those, 430,455 have recovered – although bear in mind the UK is not recording this figure.
China, where the virus originated, held the early high figures but has now dropped down the table.
The USA has the highest number of cases, with 561,103 people being infected.
This is followed by Spain, where 166,831 people have the virus, ad Italy, where 156,363 people have been infected.
In the UK, some 84,279 people have been confirmed to have the virus – including our own Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After spending a few nights in ICU, the PM has now left hospital and is recovering in Chequers with his pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds.
In a video message after he was discharge, Mr Johnson gave thanks for his care, saying the NHS had "saved my life, no question".
He praised two nurses in particular – "Luis from Portugal and Jenny from New Zealand" – for watching over his bedside "when things could have gone either way".
Coronavirus death toll: Hundreds of cases have been reported in Italy (Image: Getty)
Coronavirus death toll: People have been wearing facemasks for protection against the virus (Image: Getty)
The Prime Minister also tried to reassure the nation that the UK was "making progress in this incredible national battle against coronavirus".
However, e xperts are divided over how effective the government's response has been.
Sue Hill, vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, described the Downing Street briefing as "a bit of a joke".
She added: "He [Boris Johnson or another cabinet minister] is sitting there speaking about subjects he doesn't really understand and can't answer questions about it. It's political spin, isn't it? They're not doing themselves any favours.
"The thing that irritates me is cabinet ministers are standing up every day, addressing us as if we're on a war footing and giving Churchillian quotes when they could be doing a few simple things like getting more bits of plastic and paper [which personal protective equipment is made out of] on to wards."
What is Coronavirus? (Image: Express)
PPE has become crucial in the fight against coronavirus – but many doctors, nurses and health workers are still unable to get their hands on any new equipment.
Peter Hain, the Labour peer and former cabinet minister, told the Guardian: "It's becoming crystal clear the government has shamefully abandoned frontline health and care workers to their Covid-19 fate as they battle to save the desperately ill."
Unison said its PPE alert hotline has been ringing off the hook with hundreds of workers sharing horrific stories on life on the so-called frontline.
Workers say they are being told to wash their single-use face masks for reuse or are having to buy their own stock, while some have shockingly claimed they have been threatened with the sack for using new PPE equipment.
Barry Sheerman, the Huddersfield Labour MP, said the government had "failed abysmally" in its duty towards NHS staff.
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