UK COVID-19 death toll surpasses 50,000 - Reuters tally

Grant Boone
June 4, 2020

Excess deaths fell in all settings in the week ending 22 May but they still remain above 1,000 in care homes and for people dying at home.

This is despite the number of coronavirus deaths standing at 1,320 for that week.

The Office for National Statistics said that in England and Wales alone, 43,837 people died from Covid-19 up to 22 May, an increase of 2,589 on the previous week when the total stood at 41,220.

There were 131 deaths related to Covid-19 registered between May 25 and 31, a decrease of 99 from the previous seven days and the fifth consecutive weekly drop.

Once more death registrations are processed and added to the figures for each nation of the United Kingdom, it is possible that the 50,000 threshold was actually passed several days ago.

Unlike the everyday death toll released by the federal government, Tuesday's death certification numbers consist of thought situations as well as validated situations of COVID-19, the respiratory system illness triggered by the unique coronavirus.

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These add up to a further 1,031 deaths that have occurred since May 23, and together with the total figure of 49,028 registered deaths, means the overall death toll for the United Kingdom is now just over 50,000, at 50,059.

Epidemiologists say excess mortality - deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year - is the best way of gauging deaths from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable.

Some 64% of deaths (28,159) involving COVID-19 happened in hospitals, the ONS said.

This is the lowest weekly level across England and Wales since March. But when taken with fatalities recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as more up-to-date daily NHS figures counting deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the total reaches 49,324.

These are deaths of people confirmed or suspected of having the virus up to 22 May.

"The figures in my view reinforce the decision we took last week to ease some lockdown restrictions but to do so very slowly and carefully".

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