The Covid death toll resumes

The Covid death toll resumes


norman lebrecht

November 05, 2020

We stopped our weekly count of music-related casualties in mid-summer as the Coronavirus eased. But deaths have been mounting again.

Here are the latest:

103 Irish baritone Paschal Allen

104 LA composer Bill Pursell

105 Ballet star Nina Popova (pictured)

106 Folk-rock singer Trini Lopez

107 Brazilian baritone Eladio Pérez González

108 Tchaikovsky Conservatoire professor Viacheslav Shchurov 

109 Russian music director Evgeny Ivanovich Shestakov

110 Romanian music director Vasile Cazan

111 Israeli singer Ilana Rovina

112 Leading Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov  

113 Russian voice teacher  Svetlana Nesterenko

114 French director Jean-Pierre Vincent

115 Violinist Joshua Burke


  • Doc Martin says:

    This BMJ Best Practice monograph is very comprehensive and covers the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment and risk stratification of patients presenting with symptoms of cov-19. (It also includes asymptomatic cases).

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Hey, Anthony Sayer – too bad all these Covid-killed musicians didn’t “hide under the stairs with their face nappies”, huh?

    • Marfisa says:

      And your positive contribution towards identifying, balancing and solving the economic, political, societal, personal and public health problems created by the global pandemic (apart from snide comments) is …?

    • Garech de Brun says:

      Odd comment indicates a lack of understanding.

    • Marfisa says:

      How pathetic, to use the sad deaths of our fellow musicians to score cheap debating points. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

      • Greg Bottini says:

        Well, YOU should certainly be ashamed of yourself, Marfisa, for constantly referencing dry statistics and blithely downplaying the fact that ONE POINT TWO MILLION HUMAN BEINGS HAVE DIED FROM THE CORONA VIRUS.
        To put that figure in context, that’s about one-fifth of the number of people Hitler killed in the Holocaust.
        And the Covid death toll is constantly rising.
        Debating points? Che cazzata! I feel no shame whatsoever in calling folks like you and Anthony Sayer out.

        • Marfisa says:

          Over one and a quarter million deaths so far, almost a hundred thousand more seriously or critically ill, tens or hundreds of family and friends grieving, countless college students having their precious young adult years disrupted and ruined because the spread of the disease must be limited to prevent health services being overwhelmed, countless people in partial or complete lockdown facing terrible anxiety about their jobs and their finances, countless people suffering other illnesses for which they cannot now get treatment, countless others simply enduring the miseries of solitude and isolation – Greg, you have no idea of how I feel when I think about this tragedy.

        • Hayne says:

          I’m sure this is just an anomaly…

    • Dander says:

      What a plonker you are mate.

      • Greg Bottini says:

        dander /ˈdandə/ noun². L18.
        [ORIGIN Rel. to dandruff.]
        Dandruff, scurf, esp. as found in the hair of animals.

  • Doc Martin says:

    Roy Anderson’s comment on Vaccines in the Lancet says it all.

    Separately, correspondence in BMJ on the rapid Point of Care saliva test recently piloted in Manchester (as part of Bojo’s Operation Moonshot) and now being rolled out in Liverpool, missed 50% positive cases.

    Hancock and Bojo have spent £323m on these tests already, again using inaccurate testing outside NHS pathology labs will only give rise to more confusion and erroneous epidemiological data.

    • Garech de Brun says:

      Yes generating erroneous data is all Bojo can do.

    • Hayne says:

      Yes, Johnson is an ignorant tool. I read the Lancet article and was amazed at all the modeling and assumptions even for this early stage. Then I saw at the end, “policy makers will have to consider whether to mandate vaccination and to create a certificate to record immunization for school, college, or university, and the workplace.”
      I must ask you this. Doc Martin, is it worth the money?

      • Doc Martin says:

        The press release on the US cov-19 vaccine claimed 90%, however they have not published their “trial data” in a peer reviewed journal to scrutinise, I would doubt it would achieve this in the field in actual practice.

        In addition I have concerns overs it safety, storage (-80C) and deployment, given that a new mutation has arisen already in Denmark. By the time it has approval the virus will have already mutated further, reducing its effectiveness further. The Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine may be better, again we need trial data to evaluate before deployment. Hancock is jumping the gun.
        Moonshot is not value for money, the budget has already been absorbed into test, track and trace!

  • Would you also start a list of classical artists who have died of heart disease, AIDS or cancer. Honestly what is the point of this.?

    • Hilary says:

      AIDS, yes. This would be a good idea.
      I watched a lovely tribute the other day to the US pianist Paul Jacobs.

    • Doc Martin says:

      In UK the commonest comorbidity with Cov-19 is CHD Coronary Heart Disease.

      If you look at the ONS epidemiological data from January, you will note a Winter flu excess deaths in January, small spike and a massive spike of excess deaths in April/May, due to cov-19, clearly it is the main cause of excess deaths in 2020.

  • Doc Martin says:

    Two thirds of UK Cov-19 deaths are 75+. Mean being 82.4.

  • Papageno says:

    we all have to die someday.