The Uk recorded Wednesday 759 new in-hospital deaths of patients with the new coronavirus, bringing to 18 100 dead on the balance sheet since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the ministry of Health.
In total, 133 495 persons have been tested positive in the country, one of the hardest hit in Europe and which is now facing the “peak” of the epidemic, said prior to the publication of the figures, the Health minister, Matt Hancock.
The balance sheet of the authorities does not take into account the retirement homes, where, according to sector representatives, many thousands of older people are dead.
In Parliament Wednesday, the new leader of the labour opposition, Keir Starmer, has accused Wednesday the government of its “slowness” in the management of the pandemic.
“There was a gap between the promises and their implementation “, he criticized. “We see a trend developing : we have been slow to order the containment, slow the screening and now we are slow to accept the proposals of the british companies,” for the manufacture of medical equipment.
The containment introduced on march 23, has been extended on April 16, at least three weeks. Despite the rising pressure, the government is considering for the time being no easing, in contrast to other european countries.
The power is criticized for the delays in the screening and the lack of protective equipment for caregivers.