The UK government underreported COVID-19 deaths by over 40 percent

Fresh figures released by the Office for National Statistics of UK reveal that the true extent of the COVID-19 death toll in England is 41 percent higher than the figures released by the UK government indicated.

In its latest report on Tuesday morning, the ONS revealed that it recorded 13,121 deaths up to April 10. But the official government figures for those who died in hospital only reached 9,288, roughly 41 percent lower.

The discrepancy in the figures is caused by the fact that the UK only includes people who have been tested positive for the virus and die in the hospital. However, more than 16 percent of COVID-19 related deaths occurred in care homes or private homes.

At least one-third of all death certificates signed in England and Wales up to April 19 mentioned the Coronavirus. The percentage was more than 50% in London.

The UK currently has 125,856 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The country’s death toll stands at 16,550 while just 446 patients recovered.

Many people criticised Johnson’s Conservative Party government for its failure to prepare for such a catastrophic public health event. They also condemned its response to the pandemic.

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