Community’s coronavirus-related death toll rises to 506
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Community’s coronavirus-related death toll rises to 506

Increase in two fatalities from the previous week as the national figure rises above 45,000

Drawings in support of the NHS in the windows of a college opposite St Thomas' Hospital in London as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2020.
Drawings in support of the NHS in the windows of a college opposite St Thomas' Hospital in London as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Picture date: Friday May 8, 2020.

The number of coronavirus-related fatalities has reached 506 among UK Jews as Friday 17 July, up from 504 the previous week, according to figures collated by the Board of Deputies show.

The death toll, released on Tuesday, covers fatalities both in hospital and beyond, using data gathered from burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network. Burial boards include those from the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, the Federation of Synagogues Burial Society, the Joint Jewish Burial Board, Liberal Judaism, the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community, the United Synagogue Burial Society and the Western Charitable Foundation.

A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies said: “We wish their families a long life, and pray that the memory of their loved ones should be for a blessing.”

The umbrella group warned against making week-to-week comparisons, saying that some smaller communities do not report weekly figures.

Meanwhile, the national death toll among those tested positive for coronavirus across all settings reached 45,318 as of Tuesday, health authorities said.

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