The UK has announced another 133 deaths from coronavirus across the four nations.
NHS England today recorded 115 more deaths in hospitals – but this does not take into account other settings like care homes.
Across all settings, Wales announced eight more deaths, Scotland had nine and Northern Ireland had one.
A preliminary daily tally of 133 is calculated by adding up the individual counts announced by each of the home nations.
The latest figures were released after it emerged the UK recorded more deaths from coronavirus in one day than the whole of the European Union put together.
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During yesterday’s press briefing from Downing Street, Boris Johnson announced a daily increase of 359 deaths.
While that figure is significantly lower than numbers seen at the height of the pandemic in April, it is still higher than the combined death toll of 330 from 27 EU nation states.
According to data from Worldometer, France recorded 81 deaths yesterday, the highest number in the EU, followed by Sweden with 74, and Italy with 71.
Spain only recorded one death yesterday, despite the country being on the same trajectory as the UK during the first few months of the crisis.
To put the figure of 359 into perspective, Germany’s worst ever day was 315 deaths on April 16, according to the World Health Organization.
The UK has now far surpassed coronavirus-struck Italy and Spain to have the highest death toll in Europe, and the world’s second highest after the United States, whose population is nearly five times bigger.
It also emerged yesterday that the UK’s true coronavirus death toll has passed 50,000.
The number of deaths registered in England and Wales with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 reached 44,401 by May 22, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
But when combined with the latest deaths in hospitals and care homes, as well as national figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland, the total is now more than 50,000.
Despite worrying figures being reported every day, the Prime Minister insisted he is ‘very proud of our record’.
He told MPs: ‘I take full responsibility for everything this government has been doing in tackling coronavirus and I’m very proud of our record.
‘I believe the public understands that with good British common sense we will continue to defeat this virus and take the country forward.’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer warned the PM had lost public trust and demanded to know ‘who is in control’ in the House of Commons.
Sir Keir accused him of spinning test results, ignoring the science, and spurning offers of support just as the UK joined the US as the only two countries to reach the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths.
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