- Coronavirus deaths in the United Kingdom have surpassed the 30,000 mark, the highest in Europe, according to official data
- The country's total deaths according to the Office for National Statistics is 32,375
- The UK has now surpassed Italy which has 29,079 deaths, according to the data by Worldometer
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The United Kingdom has recorded over 30,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the global pandemic, the highest official toll yet reported in Europe.
The UK Independent reports that the data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 29,710 COVID-19 deaths occurred in England and Wales as of Saturday, May 2.
Legit.ng gathers that the total deaths including those from Scotland and Northern Ireland now amount to 32,375.
According to the ONS report, of the 27,356 deaths registered up to 24 April, 71.8 per cent (19,643 deaths) occurred in hospital while 5,890 deaths took place in care homes, 1,306 in private homes and 301 in hospices.
Reacting to the development, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “With the death toll in the UK now the highest in Europe, the prime minister and his government need to be straight with people about why they were so slow to lockdown, slow to ramp up testing, and slow to support care homes."
Davey described the figure as heartbreaking why reiterating that there is the need for a public inquiry into the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
"The British public will want to know whether the government could have done more and they deserve the answer to that question," he said.
Italy, another European country, has 29,079 deaths from 211,938 coronavirus cases including 82,879 recoveries, according to Worldometer.
Some 251,718 people around the world have now died from COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The number of confirmed cases exceeds 3.5 million, while nearly 1.2 million people have recovered.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government vowed to lock down parts of the country again should there be a spike in coronavirus cases.
This was revealed during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, May 4.
Speaking at the briefing, the director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, lamented that many banks flouted the NCDC’s guideline for social distancing, infection prevention and control.
He said although the NCDC expected some lapses in compliance with safety precautions, it was worried by the widespread disobedience to the guidelines by corporate organisations.
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