Britain surpasses Italy with most reported coronavirus deaths in Europe
The grim milestone for Britain — fuzzy as it is — leaped to the top of news websites and broadcasts here, and it was the first question for Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at Tuesday’s evening news conference.
“All I would just say is, first of all, 29,427 lives lost is a massive tragedy, something in this country, on this scale, in this way, we’ve never seen before,” Raab answered.
In his government’s defense, he said, “I don’t think we’ll get a real verdict on how well countries have done until the pandemic is over and, particularly, until we’ve got comprehensive international data on all cause of mortality.”
Even if all deaths across Europe and the world were reported in exactly the same way — which they are not — Italy has a population of 60 million to Britain’s 66 million, so direct comparisons must be adjusted.
The United States has recorded more than 70,000 deaths, or more than twice Britain’s toll, but its population is also about five …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]