In 11 European nations, the introduction of a lockdown and other restrictions averted the deaths of more than three million people, British researchers found in a study.
The team from Imperial College London produced the study “Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe”, published on Monday, June 8, in the journal Nature.
The team assessed the impact of restrictions in 11 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK up to the beginning of May.
It found that 3.2 million people would have died by May 4 if not for measures such as closing businesses and telling people not to leave their homes. Instead, by May 4, around 130,000 people had died from coronavirus in these European countries, BBC reports.