UK COVID-19 Death Count Crosses 54,000-Mark: Report.

UK COVID-19 Death Count Crosses 54,000-Mark: Report

The report also includes more recent UK hospital deaths (Representational)

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The United Kingdom's suspected COVID-19 death count has hit 54,139, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that underline the country's status as one of the worst hit in the world.

The Reuters tally comprises fatalities where COVID-19 was mentioned on death certificates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to June 12, and up to June 14 in Scotland. It also includes more recent hospital deaths.

Unlike the lower death count published daily by the government, the death certificate figures include suspected cases.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which updates the figures on a weekly basis, said on Tuesday the number of deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales up to June 12 rose to 48,866.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers in England can reopen on July 4 in a bid to revitalise the lockdown-hit economy.

But the large death count means criticism over his handling of the pandemic - that Britain was too slow to impose a lockdown or protect the elderly in care homes - is likely to persist.

Johnson has said the government has followed the best scientific advice and in April described its response to the pandemic as an "apparent success".

Britain has the second-highest death count in the world on a per capita basis, according to Reuters calculations based on deaths following confirmed coronavirus tests.

However, testing and methods of recording deaths differ between countries and British ministers say it will take some time before proper comparisons can be made.

The death count issued daily by the government, which measures deaths where patients had tested positive for coronavirus, stood at 42,927 on Tuesday, after 171 new deaths were reported on Monday and a further 109 deaths since April were reclassified as caused by COVID-19.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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