Covid-19: deaths outside hospitals to be included in UK tally for first time

ONS to publish additional data but chief medical officer doesn’t expect a large increase in reported deaths

The reported death toll from coronavirus in the UK is set to increase beyond the NHS’s daily tally on Tuesday when fatalities outside of hospitals are counted for the first time.

Figures from NHS and Public Health England’s have so far been the key barometer of the impact of the virus but they have not included any deaths in homes, care homes and other non-hospital settings. Daily figures for Monday showed a rise in the UK death toll of 209 to 2,433 people, but these are only people who died in NHS care.

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