Covid-19 death toll exceeds 32,000, highest in Europe

LONDON: According to data released on Tuesday, more than 32,000 people in the UK have died with suspicion, the highest official number recorded so far in Europe.

The Office for National Statistics said that there had been 29,648 deaths as of April 24 in England and Wales with COVID-19 mentioned on death certificates.

Including deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the official number is now 32,313. That is more than Italy, previously the most affected country in Europe, although its number does not include suspicious cases.

Ministers don't like comparisons of the total number of deaths, saying excess mortality, the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year, is a more significant metric.