UK overtakes Italy to record highest coronavirus death toll anywhere in Europe

A member of the UK ambulance service wearing personal protective equipment at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

London (CNN)The UK has suffered more deaths from coronavirus than any other country in Europe, reaching a grim milestone that piles further scrutiny on the response to the pandemic by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday that 29,427 people have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began, more than in Italy and lower only than the United States. The official figure includes 693 new deaths in the most recent 24-hour period, up to 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) Monday.
Italy revised its death count up to 29,315 on Tuesday. The official death toll in the US currently stands at more than 70,000, according to figures collected by Johns Hopkins University.
    International comparisons are not flawless because countries count deaths in different ways and with varying levels of accuracy.
    Raab said at the daily UK government press briefing that a "real verdict on how count