Covid-19: England had highest excess death levels in Europe by end of May

While England did not have highest peak mortality, it had longest continuous period of excess mortality, data shows

England had the highest levels of excess deaths in Europe in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data showing the effect of the virus across the continent.

The data – which allows comparisons between 29 European countries and treats the four nations of the UK separately – shows that, while England did not have the highest peak mortality, it did have the longest continuous period of excess mortality.

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