Host Fiona Bruce spoke to guests including Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, and George Eustice, Environment Secretary during Thursday's episode. Viewer Margaret Collins called in to ask a question at the start of the show concerning the UK’s death toll, when she made the heartbreaking point that she doesn't think there’s not much to celebrate. She said: “I read that according to statistics from John Hopkins University, Sweden has 28 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Norway has four deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Denmark has 8.7, Finland has 4.5.
“Even the USA has less than the UK at 21.7.
“So they’re all lower than the UK which has a nationwide lockdown, and the toll is significantly higher at 44.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
“My question is why and how did the government let this happen when we had advance warning of their figures coming out of other countries?
“As a country we are supposed to be celebrating VE Day tomorrow, but who feels like celebrating?
“I don’t feel particularly proud of being British when I see figures like that.”
Margaret Collins called in to ask a question at the start of the show concerning the UK’s death toll (Image: BBC)
Chris Hopson was called on first by Fiona Bruce to answer the question, where he said caution was needed when looking at the data.
When asked about what he thought of the figures, he said: “It’s very concerning if you look at the levels of mortality that we have in this country.
“When I talk to my public health colleagues, what they say to me is be ‘very careful about making international comparisons at this point.’
“Because there are a number of different reasons as to why different countries may have different death rates.”
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The Fiona Bruce fronted BBC show broadcast on Thursday with guest such as Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, and George