Coronavirus deaths: Weekly fall in total number of fatalities

Coronavirus deaths: Weekly fall in total number of fatalities

Britain is the second country, behind the USA, with highest number of deaths in the world.

The figures showed that a total of 289,140 people had tested positive for COVID-19 so far, with 1,387 additions over the last 24 hours. "Whatever the reason, this will make formal recognition of Covid-19 on the death certificate more challenging". That figure rose to 40,968 on Tuesday, up 286 on Monday.

The National Records of Scotland reported 3,911 deaths up to May 31 and in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency reported 754 deaths up to May 29.

The UK has the highest death toll in Europe and second in the world after the U.S., which has reported over 100,000 deaths so far.

In March, Britain's chief scientific adviser said that keeping the number of deaths below 20,000 would be a "good outcome" and in April the government said that a worst-case scenario would involve 50,000 deaths.

A study by the University of Manchester found 21 per cent of "excess" deaths in England and Wales by early May were not Covid-19-related. The U.S. leads the world with more than 1.96 million cases.

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The reopening of these shops will enable high streets across Britain to "spring back to life", he said, adding that enforcement notices can be taken to those shops that don't comply to guidelines.

The UK began its 13th week in lockdown on 8 June, with the next review for relaxation measures in England expected no later than 25 June.

The World Health Organisation has warned that complacency was the biggest threat in countries where the pandemic seems to have abated.

A United Kingdom study published Wednesday said widespread face mask use could push Covid-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns.

The WHO updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk to reduce the spread of the disease.

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