More than 32,000 people in the U.K. have now died with suspected COVID-19, the highest official number for any European country so far, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Tuesday.
The ONS reported that by May 2, the total number of death certificates issued in England and Wales in which COVID-19 was mentioned rose to 29,648. When figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are added, the number rises to 32,313, Reuters calculated.
That exceeds the official death toll in Italy, previously the European country that had lost most citizens to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, experts say that death tolls may well rise in a number of countries, given inconsistencies in how data is collected and processed, and so comparisons between countries are problematic. For example, not all countries include suspected cases in their official figures.
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