Britain's Coronavirus death toll reaches 14500

Britain's Coronavirus death toll reaches 14500

Britain's Coronavirus death toll reaches 14500

Britain remains among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic, with the latest data also showing the total number of infections in the country has climbed to almost 109,000.

But on Friday he told MPs that the extension had come about because fewer NHS staff had come forward to have tests than had been expected.

Britain was slower than many other European countries to impose mandatory restrictions on business and daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

NHS England announced another 738 deaths in hospitals in England, taking the country's total to 13,134.

But he warned Britons should be "under no illusions" about such a "colossal undertaking".

Researchers at the University of Oxford said Friday that its volunteers could be given the first dose of a potential vaccine within the next week.

In all, 341,551 people have been tested of whom 108,692 tested positive, it said on Friday.

The United Kingdom has the fifth-highest official death toll from Covid-19 in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France, though the figure only covers hospital fatalities and the real number is probably much higher.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputising in his absence.

It seemingly underestimates the true toll as a result of it exclusively consists of deaths in hospitals and never in nursing houses or different settings throughout the neighborhood.

Prof Costello, giving evidence to the Commons Health and Social Care Committee, said we "should not have any blame at this stage" but that "we can make sure in the second wave we're not too slow".

But it is yet to detail when and how the country might eventually begin to relax the stringent social-distancing regime.

And coronavirus testing that many people see as key to easing the confinement measures has expanded slowly.

Police officers, the fire service, prison staff, "critical" local authority staff, members of the judiciary and some other government staff will qualify if they need tests.

Health minister Matt Hancock said mass community testing was part of the British strategy, though the government has yet to find an antibody test that is accurate enough to be used.

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