The 12 months 2020 is one which no one is prone to ever neglect. Within the UK, tens of hundreds of individuals have died of Covid and the impacts of the pandemic – each societal and financial – have been seismic.
Because the 12 months attracts to an finish, there are nevertheless some optimistic indicators, with one vaccine already authorised and being administered with others anticipated to observe.
However how will historical past choose the federal government’s response to the emergency? Right here the Guardian charts the trail of the pandemic – and the important thing moments which have left critics questioning the U-turns and combined messages of this tumultuous interval.
Loss of life counts apply to the UK as an entire and are taken from the weekly Workplace for Nationwide Statistics launch: “Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional” by date of occurence and embody all deaths the place Covid-19 was talked about on the dying certificates as of 8 December 2020. The 75,000 deaths quantity recorded on 1 December combines the UK’s three statistical companies and authorities figures occurring as much as 31 November.
Case information is taken from the UK government’s data dashboard and displays instances by specimen date as of 8 December 2020.