A member of British Army tests a person at a coronavirus test center in the car park of a fairground in Chessington, near London

UK on track to become one of Europe's worst hit in COVID-19 pandemic

Discrepancies in reporting shows that far more people have died from COVID-19 in Britain when counting fatalities outside of hospitals in England and Wales, with the death toll already topping 20,000 by April 17

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Published: 04.28.20 , 15:16
Britain is on track to become one of Europe's worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, according to data on Tuesday that showed deaths from COVID-19 had already topped 20,000 by April 17, including a fast-rising toll in care homes.
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  • The Office for National Statistics said the death toll involving COVID-19 in England and Wales was 52% higher than the daily figures for deaths in hospitals released by the government as of April 17, according to official data that include deaths in the community.
    A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain
    A member of British Army tests a person at a coronavirus test center in the car park of a fairground in Chessington, near London
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 21,284 people overall had died as of April 17 with mentions of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on their death certificates.
    That was some 52% higher than the 13,917 people who died in hospitals, as published by the government on April 18.
    שלט חוצות של המלכה אליזבת כיכר פיקדילי לונדון נגיף קורונה בריטניהשלט חוצות של המלכה אליזבת כיכר פיקדילי לונדון נגיף קורונה בריטניה
    An image of Queen Elizabeth is posted in London alongside a quote from her much-admired April 5 speech about the coronavirus crisis
    (Photo: AFP)
    That takes the United Kingdom's total death toll as of April 17 beyond those reported by France - which also includes deaths in care homes - and Spain, according to Reuters calculations, though lower than Italy's total toll.
    A trebling of deaths in care homes in England and Wales within the space of a few weeks contributed to a far higher toll.
    איור ציור קיר לכבוד צוותי הרפואה אחיות ב לונדון בריטניה שבחזית המאבק ב קורונהאיור ציור קיר לכבוד צוותי הרפואה אחיות ב לונדון בריטניה שבחזית המאבק ב קורונה
    A man walks past a mural in London paying tribute to the medical staff of the National Health Service
    (Photo: AFP)
    The ONS said that overall 7,316 people had died in care homes overall during the 16th week of 2020, almost treble the number reported in the 13th week.
    According to figures released by the health ministry on Monday, 21,092 people had died in hospitals across the United Kingdom after testing positive for COVID-19.

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    A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain
    A member of British Army tests a person at a coronavirus test center in the car park of a fairground in Chessington, near London
    Photo: Reuters