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UK tops tops the global coronavirus mortality rate chart for the first time

The UK has topped the global coronavirus mortality rate chart.

The analysis from Johns Hopkins University examined the number of deaths per confirmed case and per 100,000 population.

Peru, Chile, US, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Columbia, Iran and South Africa follow behind the UK in the list.

Speaking about the findings on Good Morning Britain, Dr Amir Khan told Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: "This is the first time the UK has come out on top of this mortality rate and if you look at the countries below us, we should have better healthcare systems than a lot of these other countries and yet we’re still on top of this so we have a long way to go before beating this pandemic."

Despite possible discrepancies in the way other countries reported coronavirus deaths, Dr Khan insisted that the mortality rates are still "too high."

"Whichever way you look at it, our mortality rates are too high and we really need to work hard to get them down and we need to get behind the NHS Test and Trace. That is the only way. We’ve known this for such a long time that testing, testing, testing is the way out of this so whichever way we look at those statistics, it’s all about testing," he said.

Dr Khan also spoke about the findings from a study which state that the second wave of coronavirus could be twice as big as the first if the test and trace system isn't good enough.

Speaking about the report that came from University College London, Dr Khan said: "What they’re predicting on a computer model is that if the test and trace system doesn’t pick up to what they expect it to be and what it should be, we could well face a second peak bigger than the first peak in December."

"What they’re looking at really is how many people have been tested, how many people are being contact traced and then isolated and ideally around 75% of people with coronavirus should be tested. 68% of their contacts should be isolated but currently, that level starts at around 50% of contacts being isolated. So there are potential contacts wandering around passing on this virus and with schools re-opening and potentially parents going back to work in September, that’s a recipe for disaster. We need people to get tested. We need people to really isolate if they are contact traced as well and we need the public to trust this NHS Test and Trace system, that’s really really important," he added.

Reiterating the importance of following the Test and Trace guidelines, Dr Khan said: "If you are contacted and told to isolate, you must isolate. Currently, there’s no way check whether people are isolating for that full 14 days after being contacted. So it’s a combination of all of those things that are leading to us not really getting on top of this and we haven’t got much time. August 11 is when schools reopen in Scotland. September they open in England. We haven’t got much time to get this right so we need everyone to get behind the test and trace system." 

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