Devastating figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that by May 22, 43,837 people had died in England and Wales after contracting the killer virus.
By that date, Scotland’s death toll stood at 2,245, while Northern Ireland’s was 504.
And since then the Department of Health and Social Care announced 2,652 deaths across the UK – bringing the total confirmed deaths to 49,240.
The ONS figures do reveal, however, that the number of deaths was slowing toward the end of last month.
In the seven days to May 22, coronavirus was linked to 2,589 deaths in England and Wales – the lowest in seven weeks and down from 3,810 the week before.
By May 22, 286,759 people had died from all causes in England and Wales – 51,466 more than the five-year average.
Figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not included in the ONS data.
It comes as worrying figures reveal the North East and North West currently have the highest rate of new infections in the UK.
Yesterday the Department of Health announced its own official death toll stands at 39,045.
The figures are different because the ONS data includes all cases where Covid-19 is listed on death certificates.
These take longer to register, meaning a large number of fatalities are not included in the daily figure.
Figures from the Covid Symptom Study reveal that the number of new cases has soared in the North East and North West, even as it drops in the capital.
It estimates that 173,879 people currently have symptomatic Covid-19 in the UK.
Experts from Kings College London and analytics company Zoe now believe there are an average of 124 new cases per million people in London, compared to 215 in the North West and 225 in the North East and Yorkshire.
Although the figures suggest the situation could be even worse in Wales and Northern Ireland, experts say they do not have enough data to draw a conclusive picture.
More than 276,000 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic, with the UK’s official death toll standing at 39,045.
In yesterday’s daily briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there were 1,570 cases confirmed the previous day – the lowest number since March 25.
He said it showed a “continued downward progress.”