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U.K. death toll surpasses Italy’s

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/06/20, 11:07 am

As of Wednesday, the United Kingdom reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe and the second-highest in the world behind the United States. The British government said the more than 30,000 deaths include people who died from the disease in nursing homes and other settings. The U.K. has close to 202,400 confirmed cases and less than 1,000 recoveries.

Is the U.K. modifying its response? British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to review ongoing lockdown measures on Thursday and will announce any loosening of restrictions on Sunday. Meanwhile, he set a goal of testing 200,000 Britons a day by the end of the month.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot on Brazil’s response to the outbreak.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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