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2020-05-05

Britain overcomes Italy with Europe's highest official death toll for coronavirus

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Britain has overtaken Italy to report Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll with more than 32,000 deaths, figures released Tuesday showed.

The high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown in March to curb the virus spread.

Weekly figures from the UK's national statistics bureau added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, bringing the total to 32,313 for the UK.

The figure is one of several methods of calculating deaths and hard to compare with other countries, but it still provides the clearest sign that Britain could emerge as Europe's worst-hit country, despite being hit later than other countries.

Opposition parties have raised questions about the initial decision by Johnson to delay a lockdown at a time when hospitals were already being overrun in Italy.

Weekly figures from the UK's national statistics bureau added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, bringing the total to 32,313 for the UK.

The true figure for coronavirus deaths could be even higher. The National Statistics Office said 33,593 more people had died than the average in England and Wales until April 24, compared with 27,365 cases in which coronavirus was mentioned on death certificates.