More than 30,000 people in the United Kingdom have died with suspected COVID-19, the highest official toll yet reported in Europe, according to data published on today (Tuesday 5th May).
The Office for National Statistics said 29,648 deaths had taken place as of April 24 in England and Wales with COVID-19 mentioned in death certificates.
Including deaths for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll on this measure now exceeds 30,000. That is more than Italy, though the recording of deaths there has differed.
Sir Ian Diamond from the ONS announced on Sunday that the first ever statistical work based on ethnicity will beging this week. It will be the first time the ONS looks into ethnicity. Ian Diamond said the ONS wants to understand the correlation between occupation and Covid 19 and links between Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) and Covid 19.
He added: 'This needs to be looked at 'incredibly carefully'