COVID-19 death toll in Britain nears 55,000
LONDON (UK) – Britain’s suspected COVID-19 death toll has hit 54,852, according to a Reuters tally of official data, underlining the nation’s status as one of the worst hit in the world.
The tally includes casualties where COVID-19 was mentioned on death certificates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to June 19, and up to June 21 in Scotland. It also includes more recent hospital deaths.
Unlike the count published daily by the government which health officials said on Monday stood at 43,575, the death certificate figures include suspected cases.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is slated to announce an infrastructure investment programme later on Tuesday to help boost the economy.
But the large death toll means criticism over his handling of the pandemic – that the UK was too slow to impose a lockdown or protect the elderly in care homes – is likely to persist.
Johnson has said the government has followed the best scientific advice and in April described its response to the crisis an “apparent success”.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which updates the figures on a weekly basis, said on Tuesday the number of deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales up to June 19 climbed to 49,610.
Fatalities from all causes in England and Wales during the week to June 19 fell below the five-year average for the first time since mid-March, the ONS said.
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