More than 60,000 “excess deaths” so far during UK coronavirus pandemic – BBC News


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More than 60,000 “excess deaths” so far during UK coronavirus pandemic - BBC News

More than 60,000 “excess deaths” so far during UK coronavirus pandemic - BBC News


The number of newly-recorded deaths linked to Covid-19 in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level for 7 weeks according to the Office for National Statistics.

But on a separate measure of excess deaths from March to May across the UK, there were almost 62,000 more deaths than might have been expected compared to previous years.

The elderly have suffered most from the pandemic and care homes have been particularly affected. One care home in County Durham has lost 25 residents from the disease.

Meanwhile a report by Public Health England has found that although age is the biggest risk factor when it comes to Covid-19, black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities in the UK are more likely than others to die from the disease.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Michael Buchanan and Rianna Croxford.

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