UK Surpasses Italy As Its Covid-19 Death Toll Rise To 32,000
Britain ’ s death toll from the coronavirus has topped 32 , 000 , according to an updated official count released Tuesday , pushing the country past Italy to become the second – most impacted after the United States .
The new toll , from the Office for National Statistics ( ONS) and regional health bodies , has not yet been incorporated into the government ’ s daily figures , which records the current number of deaths as 29 , 427.
That is still higher than Italy , which on Tuesday said it has recorded 29 , 316 virus fatalities to date , but far short of the US where nearly 69 , 000 have died in the pandemic.
However , British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged against trying to make reliable international comparisons .
“ There are different ways of counting deaths … we now publish data that includes all deaths in all settings and not all countries do that , ” he said at the daily Downing Street press conference .
“ Can you reliably know that all countries are measuring in the same way ? And it also depends on how good , frankly, countries are in gathering their statistics . ”
Raab called the lives lost “ a massive tragedy ” and “ something in this country, on this scale , in this way , that we ’ ve never seen before ”.
Tuesday ’ s updated statistics , showing 32 , 313 total deaths by around April 24 , means Britain has probably had the highest official death numbers in Europe for days .