Britain now leads Europe in coronavirus fatalities

Britain has overtaken Italy as the European country with the highest coronavirus death toll.

Fresh figures released today showed that 32,313 people died from the virus.

In contrast, Italy has 29,079 deaths.

The weekly figure from Britain’s national statistics office added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales.

It is believed that the true figure for deaths may be even higher.

The Office of National Statistics said 33,593 more people had died than average up to April 24 in England and Wales.

This compared to 27,365 cases in which coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificates.

The figure offers the clearest sign yet that Britain could emerge as the worst-hit country in Europe, though hit later than other countries.