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UK COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May: official data

By Andy Bruce



A man wearing a protective face mask walks along London Bridge following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson


LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May, including suspected cases, by far the worst official toll yet in Europe, according to official data published on Tuesday.


The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 34,978 COVID-19 related deaths as of May 1 in England and Wales.


Adding previously released data from Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll stood at 38,289 as of May 3, according to Reuters calculations.


While different ways of counting make comparisons with other countries difficult, the figure confirmed Britain was among those hit worst by a pandemic that has killed more than 285,000 worldwide.


Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll, saying that excess mortality - the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year - is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable.


The figures on that front painted a grim picture, albeit improving slowly.


The ONS said it recorded 17,953 deaths from all causes during the week ending May 1. While a decrease for the second week running, this was 8,012 more than average for the time of year.



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Unless or until UK & elsewhere can be sure that the fine line between citizens dying 'with' the virus or dying 'of' the virus has been fully clarified these figures will have to be taken with a pi

Go volunteer in a covid19 ward if you think it’s bs my condolences UK hopefully we will have some treatment regimens soon seeing some glimmers of hope from science backed sources 

I'm far from alone in noticing that deaths from stroke/heart attack/cancer/old age are going down just as quickly in the other direction, or that families are complaining in droves that the virus is b

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2 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

If the attending Doctor writes COVID-19 on the death certificate, it’s COVID-19.


Your attempts to find cover for the Government’s failure is noted - again.

Yeah, Right :blink:


The public need to wake up to the fact that MSM are complicit and should learn to look elsewhere & trust their own judgement. 


I am again reminded of your prolific political rhetoric prior to UK's general election & what happened to the candidate in the ward in which you unilaterally declared yourself the Town Crier. In all the time you have entertained the boards with such nonsense I cannot recall you ever being right! 🤣



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40 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Some years ago a friend of mine who was suffering cancer died in a road accident.


The road accident killed him, he never made it to the death by Cancer.


Why the logic of such things troubles you is a mystery.


....in today's terms the DC would still indicate Cancer whereas any issued prior to March of this year (or whenever this virus officially started) would correctly state road traffic accident (RTA) as the cause therefore you might need to look again re logic.

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