Britain’s official coronavirus death toll is now over 40,000 with almost 10,000 dead in care homes in England and Wales alone, according to a statistical update.
Some 40,902 deaths from coronavirus were registered by May 8, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meaning the true toll will be even higher when deaths registered over the last 10 days are taken into account.
The ONS figures include deaths where COVID-19 is suspected or mentioned on the death certificate.
The government’s official rolling tally, which was 34,796 as of Monday, only records deaths after positive tests.
Either way, Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe, and the government has been criticized heavily for its response to the outbreak.