2. UK deaths since virus struck almost 55,000 above average, says ONS - Excess deaths are highest in Europe and 20,000 above country’s official Covid-19 toll. these figures are without respect to reported covid numbers. these are excess deaths over expectation - if you really work in healthcare, you'll understand that this is a real thing.
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Almost 55,000 more people have died in the UK since the pandemic struck in March than the average of the past five years, according to official data published on Tuesday.
Excess deaths registrations in England and Wales rose another 3,081 in the week ending May 8, according to the Office for National Statistics, although the figure was flattered by the VE Day bank holiday, which meant there were no registrations that day.
Excess deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland had been released earlier and these rose by 400 and 62 respectively for the equivalent period.
The totals brings the UK’s excess deaths since the week beginning March 14 to 54,522, the highest in Europe, although equivalent figures have not yet been published in Italy.