Coronavirus: England death toll 41 pct higher than early data suggested

A man in the UK reads the newspaper a headline about Boris Johnson being in hospital against the backdrop of a sign which says You are a Londoner. (AP)

The true extent of the death toll in England and Wales from COVID-19 was 41 percent higher than the daily figures from the government indicated by April 10, according to data on Tuesday that includes deaths in the community.

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The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 13,121 deaths by April 10, compared with 9,288 in the government's daily toll for those who died in hospital.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was mentioned in a third of all death certificates issued in England and Wales in the week to April 19.

In London, more than half of the death certificates issued that week mentioned COVID-19.

The latest hospital deaths data published on Monday show 16,509 people had died across the United Kingdom.

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