It’s a shocking statistic: nearly 1,000 people are dying from COVID-19 each day on average in the UK.

In comparison, New Zealand has not recorded a single COVID death since September.

The new data means the UK now has the unfortunate title of having the highest death rate from coronavirus in the world.

To break the figures down: an average of 935 daily deaths in the UK over the last week is the equivalent of more than 16 people in every million dying.

The University of Oxford-based research platform Our World in Data compiled the data. It confirms that no other country matches the UK’s rate.

The Czech Republic has previously been in the top spot since 11 January. The UK jumped into first place when the government published the latest coronavirus deaths on Sunday night.

The number of deaths over a weekend tends to be lower due to a delay in reporting. That means the number of daily deaths in the UK will likely rise once again when the new figures are releases throughout the week.

The 671 Covid-19 deaths recorded on Sunday now brings the total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the UK to 89,261.

Global Statistics

This is the highest cumulative death toll in Europe. That number ranks only behind the US, Brazil, India and Mexico globally. All of these countries have far higher populations, which is why the UK’s statistics are the worst.

The equivalent of one in every 20 people has now been infected with coronavirus. That’s 3.4 million confirmed infections. The UK death rate is now higher than it was during the first wave of Covid-19 infections in April last year. Back then the numbers peaked at 13 per million people daily.

Max Roser is a University of Oxford researcher and the founder of Our World in Data. He says other countries took quicker and more decisive action in the early stages of the pandemic.  He tweeted: “The last Covid death in New Zealand was in mid-September.”

These aren’t the only numbers to increase though. The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is much higher than the first peak too. This suggests that the number of daily deaths will continue to increase.

“The Number Of Deaths Will Continue To Rise”

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the number of hospital admissions and deaths were expected to continue to rise, at least in the short term.

“I’m afraid in the next week we do anticipate the number of people in the NHS and the number of deaths will continue to rise as the effects of what everyone has done continue to feed through,” Professor Whitty said.

“The peak of deaths I fear is in the future, the peak of hospitalisations in some parts of the country may be around now and beginning to come off the very, very top.

“Because people are sticking so well to the guidelines we do think the peaks are coming over the next week to 10 days for most places in terms of new people into hospital.”

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