UK Covid-19 deaths have passed 40,000 as of today, it has been confirmed.
The office of national statistics has confirmed the figures, however, the number of deaths have fallen for the third week running with the hope that the worst of the pandemic is over as the nation looks forward to ‘normality.’
Tuesday’s ONS figures show that 39,071 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to May 8 and had been registered up to May 16 with Scotland and Northern Ireland’s death figures added to bring it over the 40,000 mark.
1,211 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May the 9th and May the 17th.
The last three weeks has seen coronavirus deaths in the UK 31% of all deaths recorded.
The figures also show that 121,002 deaths were registered in England and Wales between 21 March and 8 May 2020.
This was 49,575 more deaths than the average for this period in the previous five years.
Also for the first time London, which was the centre of the worst outbreaks at the start of the pandemic, did not have the highest count . This was instead recorded in the south-east of England in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
London has recorded the sharpest fall in Covid-19 fatalities of any region in England and Wales.