AGENCIES, London/Madrid: Thursday was another bad day for numbers, especially COVID-19 related fatalities. About 60 per cent of fatalities reported worldwide have come from four European countries: Italy, France, Spain and Britain. The last two countries reported their highest daily casualties at 950 and 569 respectively.
British health officials said on Thursday that with these additions, the total number of reported deaths in the country has reached 2,921.
Experts say that while he daily death toll is the highest Britain has recorded since the outbreak began, but the numbers specified are those recorded in hospitals, meaning the actual toll is certainly higher.
Britain has recorded nearly 34,000 positive cases of the coronavirus after testing more than 163,000 people. Spain’s death toll has passed 10,000 .
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still exhibiting symptoms of infection, several days after he announced he had tested positive. If his symptoms do not subside, it could lead to an extension of his self-isolation. Johnson has faced widespread criticism over his government’s testing strategy.
And given the grim situation in UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock who is out of isolation after testing +ive for the virus has set an ambitious goal of 100,000 tests per day by end of month.
Prince Charles has shared a message with the nation following his coronavirus diagnosis and self-isolation. The 71-year-old paid tribute to emergency service workers and described the pandemic as a “strange, frustrating and often distressing experience.”
Charles’ three-minute message, which was posted on the Clarence Hall social media pages, marks his first appearance since coming out of self-isolation following his coronavirus diagnosis.