Coronavirus COVID-19 charts & data - total confirmed cases and deaths (updated daily)
US and UK have highest number of deaths from Covid-19
The UK has the appalling record of the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe and second highest in the world after the US.
The number of deaths in Brazil is rising very sharply and is likely to overtake all European countries including the UK in the near future.
Why should the US and the UK have the worst outcomes from the pandemic?
They share these basic common factors:
- Right-wing administrations with an ideological antipathy towards state and public institutions
- Public health organisations that have been neglected and underfunded in recent years
- Lack of preparation for a major epidemic leading to shortages of equipment and protection for staff
- Lack of decisive action to implement social distancing and lockdown at an early stage leading to wider spread of the virus
- Political leaders (Donald Trump & Boris Johnson) who have been unable to inspire public unity or trust in their response to the crisis
President Trump's deranged comments about UV light and injecting disinfectant as potential treatments for Covid-19 probably go some way to explaining the US experience.
These articles from the Guardian - 100 days, privatisation-1, privatisation-2 look at possible explanations in the UK.
Charts, data & news sources (all open in new windows)UK:
- GOV.UK - Covid-19 dashboard
- 10 Downing Street daily press conferences - slides & datasets
- LGA - Local Authority Covid-19 reports
- NHS England - Covid-19 Daily Deaths
- NCSC - The security behind the NHS contact tracing app - updated 19 May
- Public Health England - Covid-19 blog
- ONS - England & Wales Deaths data
- Tom White - UK Historical Data
- Tussell - Covid-19 impact on UK public sector procurement
- Wikipedia - Covid-19 pandemic in the UK
- Guardian - US overview
- The COVID Tracking Project - US data
- Wikipedia - Covid-19 pandemic in the United States
- BBC - news
- Financial Times - charts
- Guardian - news
- New Scientist - news
- Our World in Data - charts & data - with thanks for the cases & deaths charts above
- Information is beautiful - charts
- European CDC - world data - primary source for the charts above
- World Economic Forum - news
- WHO - news
- Wikipedia - Covid-19 pandemic overview