According to the Financial Times (FT), the novel coronavirus outbreak has caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK.
However, official figures say that up to 20,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the UK, although that number does not include deaths that occurred outside hospitals.
The latest official statistics suggest that 17,337 people in the UK have so far died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Department of Health figures released on Tuesday.
The FT describes this as a “conservative” estimate. However, if accurate it would mean that the UK is faring much worse than the government had predicted.
The UK has confirmed 129,044 active cases of coronavirus so far.