Britain's coronavirus death toll reaches 14,500

About 50 per cent of the global burden of Covid-19 was in Europe

About 50 per cent of the global burden of Covid-19 was in Europe

"The worst thing we could do right now is ease up too soon", said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recuperates from COVID-19.

"Where were the system errors that led us to have probably the highest death rates in Europe?"

"At all times we have been consistently guided by scientific advice to protect lives".

Professor Anthony Costello - an expert in epidemiology at the UCL Institute for Global Health - told the UK's Health and Social Care Committee: "We have to face the reality".

He said: "We have to get the economy going and if it means locking down 10% of our population, even giving them incentives to stay in quarantine and with digital apps to help monitor their symptoms and give them support, that's the way to really keep this going until we get a vaccine and safe herd immunity".

Positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Millrise Seniors Village
The City of Fort Saskatchewan reported seven confirmed cases as well now with six listed as active and one recovered. The maximum testing capacity is close to 7,000 tests per day and the province has a goal to increase that to 20,000.

The government also faced separate criticism over its supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers. The health department did not immediately comment on the Guardian report.

It is feared the true toll of coronavirus victims may be far higher, with the numbers not accounting for deaths in the community.

Hancock was also questioned by lawmakers about the daily death toll data - which gives hospital deaths but ignores deaths at home or in care homes. They do not take into account the people dying at home, in care facilities, hospices, or other locations outside of hospitals.

The number of tests for the illness has also risen by 21,328 to 438,991, although this includes some people being tested a few times.

The UK government has been accused of being too slow to react to the virus pandemic, and warned that up to 40,000 people in the country could die.

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