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Total UK deaths involving Covid-19 passes 50,000

By Ian Jones, PA

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has now passed 50,000, according to the latest available data.

Here is how the total breaks down.

Figures published on Wednesday by the National Records of Scotland showed that 3,911 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 31.

On Tuesday, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 44,401 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to May 22 (and had been registered up to May 30).

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, published last week, showed 716 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in Northern Ireland up to May 22 (and had been registered up to May 27).

Together these figures mean that so far 49,028 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

Further deaths can be added to this total, concerning those deaths that have been reported as taking place since the period covered by the latest registration data.

Between May 23 and June 1, a further 931 hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died in England, according to the latest figures from NHS England; while a further 78 people in hospital and care homes who had tested positive for Covid-19 died in Wales during this same period, according to Public Health Wales.

And in Northern Ireland, a further 22 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 23 and June 2, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

These add up to a further 1,031 deaths that have occurred since May 23, and together with the total figure of 49,028 registered deaths, means the overall death toll for the UK is now just over 50,000, at 50,059.

Details of deaths that took place in Scotland since the cut-off point for the latest registration data – in other words, deaths on either June 1 or June 2 – are not available, because the Scottish Government does not report deaths by the date on which they occurred.

Once more death registrations are processed and added to the figures for each nation of the UK, it is possible that the 50,000 threshold was actually passed several days ago. This will become clear over the next couple of weeks.

The number of deaths in the UK involving Covid-19 passed 10,000 on April 5 and 20,000 on April 13.

It then passed 30,000 on April 21, and 40,000 on May 3.

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