That’s because the daily figures being published only include people who died in hospitals, not those who died at home or in care homes.
Analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has now shown what the real death toll could be.
Of the 539 deaths involving COVID-19 during the week ending March 27 which have been registered in England and Wales, it found that 501 occurred at hospital, 20 in a care home, 15 at home, two in a hospice and one elsewhere.
Those figures suggest that 92.9 per cent of coronavirus deaths are taking place in hospitals.
With 7,978 hospital deaths across the UK recorded by Public Health England as of 9am on Thursday, April 9, that would put the total death toll somewhere in the region of 8,588, accounting for people who have died outside hospitals.
Across South Yorkshire, where there have been 148 deaths recorded in hospitals, it would suggest there have been roughly 11 additional deaths outside hospitals.
The ONS also found that the proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 during the period in question was lower in Yorkshire and the Humber than in most other parts of England.
The disease was mentioned in 12 out of 982 deaths in the region during the week ending March 27, compared with more than 18 per cent of deaths in London, though those proportions are likely to have changed considerably as more deaths are recorded.