95% of UK coronavirus deaths in last 4 days occurred in England – far higher than its relative population

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Prevalence of England deaths is far higher than relative populations of UK’s constituent nations, damning Johnson’s handling of crisis

The government’s decision to abandon its daily coronavirus press briefings – while deaths and infections are still significant – has allowed it to escape even the feeble scrutiny of the corporate media over its handling of the crisis.

But it is still forced to publish statistics – and those for the last four days, since the briefings ended – are damning of Boris Johnson’s and Matt Hancock’s recklessness. Those four days have seen England suffer 95% of coronavirus deaths – far higher than its 85% of the UK population should see.

The figures for individual days are no less damning – and suggest England’s disaster is worsening:

23 June
England 161 (94%)
Scotland 4
Wales 5
Northern Ireland 1

24 June
England 141 (92%)
Scotland 4
Wales 8
Northern Ireland 1

25 June
England 141 (95%)
Scotland 2
Wales 6
Northern Ireland 0

26 June
England 183 (98%)
Scotland 0
Wales 2
Northern Ireland 1

Of the total of 660 deaths in those four days, England has suffered 626 – or 94.85%, Scotland 1.52% (vs 8% of UK population), Wales 3.18% (vs 4.8% of population), Northern Ireland 0.45% (vs 2.9% of population).

Boris Johnson has been accused of causing three-quarters of England’s coronavirus deaths by his arrogance, mishandling and delayed lockdown. England’s statistics compared to the UK’s other nations continue to suggest that he is fuelling a huge toll of needless deaths – and his haste to lift the lockdown is set to turbocharge it.

But none of this will now be seen by the public in the televised briefings.

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