The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has risen by 133 to 31,469.
The tragic figure includes 115 deaths in England, nine in Scotland, eight in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
It is a drop of nearly 40% on yesterday’s 215 fatalities among coronavirus patients – the highest figure in two weeks.
A week ago health authorities reported 213 deaths among coronavirus patients in hospitals.
Sadly the true number of lives lost to the virus is far higher, with official figures revealing it has crossed 50,000.
Just weeks ago this was reported to be the government’s “worst case” scenario, and experts have warned of a second wave still to come.
A total of 2,395 patients have now died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said earlier.
The death toll in Wales since the start of the pandemic is 1,379, while 27,159 have died in English hospitals.
Patients who died in England were aged between 26 and 100, with five – aged between 53 and 97 – having no known underlying health conditions.
NHS England has provided a regional breakdown showing where the deaths occurred:
- East of England – 12
- London – 8
- Midlands – 24
- North East & Yorkshire – 21
- North West – 22
- South East – 20
- South West – 8
The Department of Health and Social Care death toll – which includes those who died outside of hospital, including in care homes – is currently 39,728.
But data released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that by May 22, Covid-19 was mentioned on 43,837 death certificates in England and Wales.
By the time deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Department for Health figures are added, the toll is nearing 51,000.
The government has come under fire after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “proud” of the UK’s response to the crisis.
World Health Organisation reports say 332 new daily deaths were officially reported by the 27 EU countries in the most recent period to June 3.
In the same period, the UK recorded 324 deaths, according to the WHO situation report.
Ministers and scientists have warned the figures cannot be directly compared, because each country measures deaths differently.
Reporting periods won’t overlap exactly and, in some cases, deaths may not be counted in all settings like care homes as they are in the UK.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons: said: “I take full responsibility for everything that this Government have been doing in tackling coronavirus, and I am very proud of our record.
Deaths in UK hospitals so far: 31,469
Deaths across all settings: 39,369
(The two figures above count all people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS lab in the UK)
Total deaths registered so far: 43,837
(This is the number of registered deaths in England and Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate)
Excess deaths so far in 2020: 56,308
(The number of deaths in England and Wales above the average amount, but not necessarily caused by Covid-19)
Sources: coronavirus.data.gov.uk and ONS
“If you look at what we have achieved so far, it is very considerable.
“We have protected the NHS. We have driven down the death rate. We are now seeing far fewer hospital admissions.
“I believe that the public understand that, with good British common sense, we will continue to defeat this virus and take this country forward.”