According to AFP Britain has now beaten France and Spain in terms of deaths due to coronavirus and the country has become the second-worst affected country in Europe, behind Italy's 27,359 deaths.
United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 26,097 — the second-highest in Europe behind Italy and third-highest in the world — as the government took into account fatalities outside hospital.
The increase in death rate came after surprise news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had become a father again at age 55. Downing Street announced that his partner, Carrie Symonds, 32, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
The rare good news was soured by the additional 4,419 deaths in the overall coronavirus death toll. Until now, Britain had reported only deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital but there has been mounting concern about high numbers of unreported victims in the wider community.
On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics said deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 17 were running at roughly double the five-year average and were the highest weekly total since 1993.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said there were an additional 3,811 deaths included in the outbreak since the start of March, on top of figures from the last 24 hours. "They don't represent a sudden surge in the number of deaths," he told reporters.
So far, the United States has the world's worst death toll with 58,355.