THERE have been more than 7,000 coronavirus deaths registered in London, new figures have revealed.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge crunched data from the Office of National Statistics in the week up to May 23.
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They found there had been 7,231 coronavirus deaths registered in the capital, with Brent (469) and Croydon (466) the worst hit regions of the capital.
This was followed by Birmingham with 1,108 Covid-19 registered deaths, Leeds with 632 and Liverpool with 537.
There have been no Covid-19 deaths recorded in the Isles of Scilly.
County Durham and Sheffield had the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in care homes, with 304 and 260, respectively, although the researchers noted Durham has the third highest rate of care home deaths in normal times.
It comes as it was revealed yesterday the overall Covid-19 death toll for the UK is 51,766, based on death certificates where coronavirus was mentioned and deaths of confirmed cases in hospitals.
This is more than 10,000 above the latest tally of related deaths calculated by the Department of Health and Social Care – 40,597 people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19.
The North West, which is an area of concern for the rate of transmission, had the highest number of deaths involving coronavirus over the week with 282.
More than a quarter (25.6 per cent) of deaths in the North East that week involved Covid-19 – the highest proportion across all of England's regions.
While there was a decrease in the number of deaths from all causes in hospitals, care homes, private homes and hospices, the proportion of hospital deaths involving coronavirus increased.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said there is no pride in the number of deaths recorded in the UK as a result of the coronavirus.
He told the Commons today: "Since last Prime Minister's Questions, the Government's daily total figure for those that have died from coronavirus has gone past 40,000. The ONS figure, which records cases where coronavirus is on the death certificate stands at just over 50,000 and the number of excess deaths, which is an awful phrase, stands at over 63,000.
"These are amongst the highest numbers anywhere in the world. Last week, the Prime Minister said he was proud of the Government's record, but there's no pride in those figures is there?"
Boris Johnson responded: "On the death figures for this country, we mourn every one and we grieve for them and for their relatives and their friends. But I must also tell them he's raised this point repeatedly across the despatch box, the best scientific evidence and advice is that we must wait until the epidemic has been through its whole cycle in order to draw the relevant international conclusions."
He added: "As for what this country did to fight the epidemic, I must say I strongly disagree with the way he characterises it. I think it was an astonishing achievement by the NHS to build the Nightingale hospitals, I think it was an astonishing thing this country came together to drive down, to follow the social distancing rules in spite of all the doubt that was cast on the advice."
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