England had the worst level of extra mortality of almost any state in Europe during the summit of the coronavirus pandemic, based on analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The analysis published on Thursday morning states which, in the UK, the deaths were more widespread — each local authority area experienced excess mortality involving the week ending April 3 and the week ending May 8, 2020 — but other Western European countries saw more optimistic mortality.

While England didn’t possess the maximum summit mortality, it took longer to get back to lower levels, resulting in the longest continuous period of extra mortality of any country in Europe included in the comparison. Up to June 12, its surplus mortality figures were worse than anyplace else.

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