Corona virus and healthcare in the United Kingdom

Healthcare in the United Kingdom

The effectiveness of the health care system in the United Kingdom is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the United Kingdom is 79.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.7 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the United Kingdom

The inhabitants of the United Kingdom are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By September 19th, 2020, 390358 infected persons and 41759 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on January 31st, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on April 23rd with 5,487 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in the United Kingdom
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in the United Kingdom

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the United Kingdom results in a mortality rate of 10.7%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 355,219 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in the United Kingdom a new mortality rate of 11.8%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sat 19th4,422+1.1%27+0.1%
Fri 18th4,322+1.1%27+0.1%
Thu 17th3,395+0.9%21+0.1%
Wed 16th3,991+1.1%20+0.0%
Tue 15th3,103+0.8%27+0.1%
Mon 14th2,621+0.7%9+0.0%
Sun 13th3,330+0.9%5+0.0%
Sat 12th3,497+1.0%9+0.0%
Fri 11th3,539+1.0%6+0.0%
Thu 10th2,919+0.8%14+0.0%

Weight and size

Body height178 cm164 cm
Weight86.8 kg72.9 kg


United KingdomØ worldwide
Diabetes *3.90%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

United KingdomØ worldwide
DTP *9.40%8.59%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In the United Kingdom, 22.3% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
7 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the United Kingdom is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 2.8 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 188,000 physicians in the United Kingdom, there are about 2.81 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 11 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

The drinking water supply in the United Kingdom is 100% accessible to all residents. Only very few countries achieve this standard, in which every inhabitant has a water connection in the immediate vicinity with tested drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).