Thousands of people may have died of Covid-19 without ever being diagnosed with the virus, according to new data for England and Wales.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that between March 7 and May 1 this year there were 46,380 more deaths than in an average year – but almost 13,000 of these deaths were not attributed to coronavirus.
The ONS concludes that many cases may have been missed – the vast majority were in care homes.
In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.