UK passes 10,000,000 Covid cases in latest grim milestone


The UK has now recorded around one in 26 of all confirmed infections worldwide (Picture: Getty)

More than 10 million cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in the UK.

It is the latest grim milestone passed by the country, which has recorded nearly 145,000 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

Around 168,000 people have also had Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate since the outbreak began more than 18 months ago.

That means the death rate is somewhere around the 1.5% mark – though overall cases are likely to be significantly higher given a lack of testing in the early stages of the pandemic and asymptomatic infections.

The official count of 10,021,497 cases – following another 47,240 on Thursday – underlines the UK’s failure to prevent the virus spreading, particularly when compared with other countries.

It means roughly one in 26 of all the known cases worldwide have occurred in the UK – despite the country being home to a tiny proportion of the global population.

Domestically, the overall total is equal to more than one in seven of the country’s population.

The UK’s case load has put huge strain on the NHS (Picture: EPA)

Only the USA, India and Brazil have a higher overall case total – making the UK the coronavirus capital of Europe on total infections.

The large case load – which has also led to higher immunity in the population – has been blamed on a lack of mask wearing and social distancing, the Delta variant and Government delays in locking down.

Boris Johnson’s administration also ‘opened up’ far earlier than many other countries, meaning Covid ‘ran hot’ with no restrictions in place.

In New Zealand – another rich, island nation – less than 11,000 cases have been recorded in total, alongside just 41 deaths – with the country also spending far less time in lockdown.

The UK recorded 147 deaths on Thursday.

The case milestone follows a week of confirmed cases being well above 40,000 a day.

Hospitalisations and deaths remain significantly below earlier peaks of the virus but there is still huge strain on the NHS.

A rapid early vaccine rollout has reduced the impact of those cases, in terms of people becoming seriously ill.

And despite the overall total, the average number of cases has remained relatively stable in recent weeks, unlike other parts of Europe, where infections are surging.

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