England and Wales suffered the highest excess death toll in the world due to coronavirus, major study reveals
England and Wales have suffered among the highest per capita death tolls of the coronavirus pandemic,
according to research into the impact of the first wave of infections on 21 industrialized countries.
Deaths from all causes were 37% higher than expected in England and Wales between mid-February and
the end of May, a grim statistic that was only marginally worse in Spain, the hardest-hit country in the study,
where all-cause mortality rose 38% over the same period.
In all three of the nations, the rise amounts to 100 extra deaths per 100,000 people and includes those who died directly from coronavirus but also people who lost their lives to indirect causes of the pandemic,
such as canceled medical treatment and a reluctance to go to the hospital when they became ill with other conditions.
England and Wales fared worst, Italy was second worst with 48,700 excess deaths and Spain third, with 45,800.
The excesses were equivalent to a 38 percent increase in Spain, 37 percent in England and Wales, and 28 percent in Italy.
Bulgaria had 1,110 fewer deaths than normal – better than any other nation.
Researcher Dr. Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard said countries with higher excess deaths typically locked down later and had poor test and trace systems.