UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 40883 as another 286 patients die

UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 40883 as another 286 patients die

UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 40883 as another 286 patients die

At least 50,413 people had died, at the end of May, with Covid-19 on their death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics of England and Wales (ONS), the Scottish National Registers and the Irish Agency for Statistics and Research from North.

Overall 289,140 people have tested positive for Covid-19. That figure rose to 40,968 on Tuesday, up 286 on Monday.

The latest ONS data comes after longevity analytics specialist firm Club Vita called for better clarity on whether accessing health care provision, or undiagnosed Covid-19, was contributing more to death rates on 5 June. The UK has become one of the worst hit countries in the world with the death toll now the highest in Europe.

He continued: "Whilst I think the measures, given what we knew about this virus then in terms of its transmission and its lethality, were warranted - I wouldn't second-guess them at this point - certainly had we introduced them earlier, we would have seen many fewer deaths".

Britain has imposed a two-week quarantine for anyone coming into the country, British nationals included.

Meanwhile, the number of "excess" deaths - fatalities above what is normally expected - in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland between March 21 and May 29 was 63,596, the ONS said.

Despite the figures, Sharma said infection and death rates were falling, and the United Kingdom lockdown, which has been in force since March, could be eased further.

The reopening of these shops will enable high streets across Britain to "spring back to life", he said, adding that enforcement notices can be taken to those shops that don't comply to guidelines.

The World Health Organisation has warned that complacency was the biggest threat in countries where the pandemic seems to have abated.

"Our analyses support the immediate and universal adoption of face masks by the public", said Richard Stutt, who co-led the study at Cambridge.

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