12 May
Coronavirus pics 16:  Disasters of War

The number of people who have died because of Covid-19 is nearly twice as high as the figure we hear announced every day. 

By 1 May, the number of coronavirus deaths announced by the UK government was just over 28,000. 

Looking back at death registrations filed then, the figure is higher: just under 36,000 death certificates mentioned Covid-19. 

The measure preferred by statisticians, counting all deaths above what would be expected, was even higher: more than 50,000.