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30 April 2020updated 04 Sep 2021 6:40pm

Covid-19 daily report: UK on course for worst European death toll, death rate in US climbs again

By Michael Goodier

The UK is on course for the highest death toll in Europe after it changed the way it recorded its daily figures yesterday.

The government included deaths outside of hospital in its daily reporting for the first time, which fuelled a 4,421 jump in the death toll, leading to a global increase in deaths of 10,485.

Statistics for the UK now include those who have died after being confirmed positive for Covid-19 in care homes and the wider community, in line with many other European countries such as France and Italy. It is unclear whether the death tolls for the US and Spain include deaths in these settings.

What is clear from the figures, however, is that even if the US has passed its peak – and that in itself is not certain – then getting the daily death toll down will be a difficult job. Deaths there rose by 2,612 yesterday, the highest for some time.

Covid-19 daily report

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