CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK rose to 40,883 after the death of an additional 286 people, although the actual number is likely to be much higher.
Covid-19 positive infections also increased from 1,387 to 289,140, the Ministry of Health confirmed.
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The total number of deaths in the UK is now 40,883 after 286 additional deaths from the disease.
But the actual number is also likely to be much higher after figures released by the Office of National Statistics revealed today that the death toll is actually 51,766 to 10,000 more than the official figure. .
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They revealed that 46,421 people died of the virus in England and Wales until May 29.
And combined with the last 677 deaths reported to the hospital and national statistics from Scotland and Northern Ireland, there are now 51,766 deaths across the United Kingdom.
In England today, another 129 people have died – there have been a total of 27,618 deaths in hospitals across the country.
NHS England has confirmed that the latest victims were between 26 and 100 years old, three of whom had underlying health conditions.
In Wales today, another nine people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,410.
Scotland has recorded seven deaths – with a total of 2,422 deaths.
Northern Ireland has not recorded any other deaths today for the third day in a row, although this may be due to the way the numbers are recorded.
Yesterday’s daily death toll of 55 was the lowest since the day before the lockout began on March 23, when it was 35.
The number was also less than 100 for the second day in a row – suggesting that the lockdown could finally work.
But the numbers are usually lower after the weekend due to a delay in reporting.
The United Kingdom currently has the second highest official death toll from coronavirus in the world after the United States – where 109,143 people died from the virus.
According to John Hopkins University, the United Kingdom is followed by Brazil (34,021), Italy (33,774) and France (29,114).
It is, however, difficult to make direct comparisons between countries where population size varies and where countries record Covid-19 data in different ways.
This is due to the fact that ONS figures have also shown that the number of excessive deaths in the UK since the start of the coronavirus epidemic has exceeded 63,500.
This means that the virus was responsible for 78% of the excess deaths recorded in England and Wales since March 21 and May 29.
In nursing homes, 13,460 deaths were recorded at the end of last month, accounting for 29% of deaths.
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