What are we doing? The shocking German statistic sparking calls for UK coronavirus inquiry

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It comes after new figures showed the number of people dying from COVID-19 in the UK were five times higher than in Germany. Figures reveal Germany has recorded 191,216 cases of COVID-19 and 8,691 deaths as of this morning among a population of 83 million.

But the UK has had five times more deaths than Germany despite having a smaller population, recording 303,110 cases and 42,589 deaths among a population of 66 million.

The figures, politicians say, raise questions as to how successfully Prime Minister Boris Johnson has managed the pandemic.

Munira Wilson MP, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, told Express.co.uk: “With the international comparisons there to be seen as clear as day, Boris Johnson cannot hide from his repeated failings.

“Once we are through this crisis, there must be an independent inquiry with the strongest possible powers to review the Government’s actions, so we can learn lessons.”

The MP for Twickenham added: “With the Coronavirus crisis leaving the most vulnerable at risk, it is the job of the Prime Minister to ensure no one is left behind.

“From a dangerous lack of PPE to a test and trace plan that is in disarray, it is clear Ministers have failed to prepare properly and have created further problems by badly communicating their plans.”

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer also took a swipe at Boris Johnson over the rising number of coronavirus deaths.

Sir Keir said: “The government’s daily total figures of those who have died from coronavirus has gone past 40,000.

“The ONS [Office for National Statistics] figures, which records cases where coronavirus is on the death certificate, stands at just over 50,000 and the number of excess deaths, which is an awful phrase, stands at over 63,000.

“These are amongs the highest numbers in the world. The prime minister said he was proud of the government’s record but there’s no pride in those figures.

“There is little solace to the families that have lost someone to be told this is too early to compare and to learn from other countries.”

Ian Mulheirn, Executive Director and Chief Economist of The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, added: “Public confidence in the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is ebbing away.

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“The real-world consequences of this loss of trust are serious.

“Even before the Cummings row, confidence had declined more here than in any other European country. In the wake of it, trust will plumb new depths.”

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his government took each death seriously and severe caution when analysing the death rate and making comparisons.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson, said: “We must wait until the epidemic has been through its whole cycle in order to draw the relevant international comparisons. We have a plan, we’re following it and we’re going to stick to it.”

Downing Street has been approached for further comment.

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