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The death toll from the coronavirus in the United Kingdom has surpassed 50,000 people.

The Office for National Statistics reported 45,748 deaths from the coronavirus in England and Wales up to May 29. The National Records of Scotland reported 3,911 deaths up to May 31 and in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency reported 754 deaths up to May 29.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Emil Hussein, aged 4, who is the photographer's son watches from home as Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation in a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak at Windsor Castle on April 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The death toll now stands at 50,413, second only to the U.S., which has a death toll of 111,007, health officials report.

The Office for National Statistics reported that COVID-19 was mentioned on 1,822 death certificates during the week ending May 29, the lowest number of virus deaths in eight weeks. Northwest England recorded the highest number of virus deaths during that time period with 282. In Wales, COVID-19-related deaths accounted for 17.9% of deaths, with a toll of 105.

Scotland’s statistical body reported 131 deaths during the week ending May 31, a decline of 99 from the previous week and the fifth weekly decrease in a row. While COVID-19-related deaths accounted for 12% of all deaths reported during that time, the percentage has dropped since its peak of 36% in late April.

Northern Ireland reported 49 COVID-19-related deaths in the week ending May 29.

Globally, health officials report more than 7.1 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 407,000 deaths. The U.S. leads the world with more than 1.96 million cases.


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