LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from the new coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis.


The UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to the latest government figures. There have been 29,427 deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community across the UK as of 17:00 BST on Monday, an increase of 693. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales in the week to April 24, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313.






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