UK deaths surge above 26,000 in new official figures

Published on April 30, 2020 by

The latest official figures reveal that 26,097 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK. The figures now include deaths in care homes and the community. They show that the pandemic has claimed nearly 4,000 more lives than were recorded under the previous system.

The figures underline the devastating impact of the virus on care homes across the UK. In Scotland more than half of deaths linked to coronavirus are in homes for the elderly.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Editor Hugh Pym, Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon and Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt.

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