The massive temporary morgue set-up at the BAE Systems plant at Warton in April to ensure our area could cope with the anticipated spike in deaths as a result of the coronavirus outbreak is to be decommissioned.
This news comes as flu and pneumonia are now killing six times as many people as Covid-19. Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that flu and pneumonia killed 1,013 people in England and Wales in the week up to August 7, compared to 152 patients who lost their lives to coronavirus.
The ONS report also showed deaths from all causes are lower than the five-year average for the eighth week in a row.
ONS experts explained that Covid-19 likely sped up the deaths of people who would have died of other causes, meaning the year’s fatalities have been front-loaded. As a result, fewer people are now dying of causes such as heart disease and dementia because they have already succumbed to the coronavirus.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now axed Public Health England, controversially handing the reigns of its replacement to a Tory peer with no scientific background. There is widespread opposition to his speedy appointment of Baroness Dido Harding as interim chief of the new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) due to her recent track record in charge of the government’s disastrous Test and Trace scheme. Baroness Harding, who used to run mobile company Talk Talk, previously oversaw the catastrophic launch of the government’s contact tracing app that was delayed for months amid bungles over its imperfect technology.
The graph below from the Mail-On Line clearly shows the decline in deaths due to Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. However, the impact of the 2020 pandemic crisis on our economy will last for decades.