According to the U.K. assessment, Spain had Europe’s highest national mortality peak, with the number of deaths 138.5 percent higher at the beginning of April than in previous years. England had the second-highest peak: In mid-April, the number of excess deaths was 107.6 percent higher than the average. The number of coronavirus patients dying in British hospitals each day has fallen sharply since then. But Johnson’s government has come under criticism for having been later than other European countries to impose a lockdown, for not providing enough protective equipment to front-line health workers and for failing to quickly roll out a robust test-and-trace system.
He said that in some countries, including Italy and Spain, the numbers were localized to specific regions, whereas the increase in deaths in Britain was more geographically widespread. A breakdown by city showed that at its worst, the death rate in Bergamo in northern Italy was 847.7 percent higher than normal; in Madrid, it was 432.7 percent higher than normal Some cities actually saw fewer deaths than usual during this period. When the pandemic was at its worst in Rome, it still reported 2.4 percent fewer deaths than its five-year average.