BBC Panorama compares UK's Covid response with rest of world

A year since the UK lockdown began, BBC Panorama has looked back on our response to the rest of the world.

In a one-hour documentary, Covid: Who Got It Right, the BBC will examine the UK’s record compared to the rest of the world last year.

A BBC spokesman said: “It has been a year since the UK began its first lockdown and while Covid-19 poses similar threats to countries around the world, different governments have pursued different strategies.

“After spending the year charting the effects of the coronavirus in the UK, where the government says its decisions have been science-led, reporter Jane Corbin examines the policies pursued by governments elsewhere.

“She uses data to get a handle on the results, to find out if someone got it right, and to understand what lessons could be learned for the future.”

The documentary will air on Monday March 22nd at 7pm on the BBC.

March 23, 2021 marks the first anniversary of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who heralds the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.

Here are some of the key dates and statistics for the 12 months since the lockdown began.

All deaths are based on the most up-to-date statistics for people who had Covid-19 on their death certificates published by the Office for National Statistics.

– March 23, 2020: Boris Johnson announces a lockdown across the UK. The UK’s cumulative Covid-19 death toll, which exceeded 100 on March 15, is now just over 1,000.

– April 2nd: first of 23 consecutive days that the UK records more than 1,000 deaths per day.

– April 5: The cumulative death toll exceeds 10,000.

– April 8th: The “deadliest” day of the first wave, with 1,459 deaths in the UK.

– April 17: The cumulative death toll is 25,000.

– May 22: The cumulative death toll exceeds 50,000.

– June / July: Most lockdown restrictions are relaxed or lifted in much of the UK, although new rules – like face masks in certain environments – are being introduced and social distancing continues. Local bans are in place in some areas where cases are starting to rise.

– June 18: The daily death toll drops below 100 for the first time since March 19, returns above 100 on June 24 and June 25, then stays below 100 through October.

– August 29: For the first time since March 11, the daily death toll drops briefly to single numbers – eight deaths.

– September / October: more local bans are introduced and restrictions tightened, leading to new levels or “levels” of restrictions in parts of the UK.

– October 7th: 109 deaths from Covid-19 – the first time since June 25th that the daily number exceeds 100.

– November 18: 509 deaths from Covid-19 – the first time since May 9 that the daily number exceeds 500.

– November 25: The cumulative death toll is 75,000.

– January 5, 2021: After weeks of tighter restrictions taking effect in all four countries, the whole of the UK is locked again.

– January 7: The cumulative death toll exceeds 100,000.

– January 19: The “deadliest day” in the entire pandemic, with 1,463 deaths in the UK.

– January 26: The cumulative death toll is 125,000.

– January 30th: Anniversary of the first known death of Covid-19 in Great Britain.

– March 2: The cumulative death toll is 147,000.

– March 23: One year since the first lockdown began.


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