UK’s real coronavirus death toll has passed 40,000

There were 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales up to May 1, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 2,795 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 3.

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 516 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 6.

Together these figures mean that so far 38,355 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

In England’s hospitals 1,678 patients died from coronavirus from May 2 and May 10, according to NHS England.

This brings the over all death toll to just over 40,000.

Nick Stripe, head of health analysis at ONS, said “It is actually the seventh highest weekly total since this data set started in 1993 so we have had four out of the top seven weeks in the last four weeks.”

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