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Why Covid-19 will probably kill a higher percentage of people in the UK than any other country in Europe.

The World Health Organization publish daily updates concerning the number of cases and deaths. So on the 16th March it stated that Italy had had 27,980 cases and 2,158 deaths. It is interesting to compare Germany (7,241 cases and 15 deaths) with another countries that has a similar number of cases such as Spain (9,682) and France (6,633). Spain has had 342 deaths and France 148 deaths. It is also worth looking at countries that have had far smaller numbers of cases (under 1,600). UK: 1,543 cases - 56 deaths;, Netherlands: 1,413 cases - 24 deaths; Austria 1018 cases and 3 deaths; Luxembourg: 81 cases and one death. As you can see that the UK does very badly when you look at the deaths compared to cases of Covid-19.

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John Simkin

In September, 1997, Spartacus Educational founder and managing director John Simkin became the first educational publisher in Britain to establish a website that was willing to provide teachers and students with free educational materials.

According to a survey carried out by the Fischer Trust, Spartacus Educational is one of the top three websites used by history teachers and students in Britain (the other two are BBC History and the Public Record Office’s Learning Curve). The Spartacus Educational website currently gets up to 7 million page impressions a month and 3 million unique visitors.

As well as running the Spartacus Educational website John Simkin has also produced material for the Electronic Telegraph, the European Virtual School and the Guardian's educational website, Learn. He was also a member of the European History E-Learning Project (E-Help), a project to encourage and improve use of ICT and the internet in classrooms across the continent.

We have published six e-books, Charles Dickens: A Biography (October, 2012), First World War Encyclopedia (October, 2012), Assassination of John F. Kennedy Encyclopedia (November, 2012), Gandhi: A Biography (December, 2012), The Spanish Civil War (December, 2012) and The American Civil War (December, 2012). He also contributed an article to the recently published book, Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History (December, 2012).

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