The UK is on the verge of registering the highest death toll in Europe after the number of fatalities from coronavirus increased by 621 to 28,131.
Only Italy, once the epicentre of the pandemic outside China, has logged more deaths in Europe – 28,236. Medical experts in Britain say the UK’s outbreak is about two weeks behind Italy’s, meaning the UK is on track to be the worst-hit European country, with the world’s second-highest death toll.
The United States has the world’s highest death toll of more than 65,000 – more than double the UK’s. However, the UK has a higher mortality rate, with 41.49 deaths per 100,000 people compared to the rate in the US of 19.85 deaths per 100,000.
Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick announced the new toll with Britain’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries at the government’s daily news conference at Number 10, Downing Street.
The UK has been in lockdown since March 23.