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UK virus death toll 2nd-highest in Europe

The United Kingdom now has Europe’s second-highest official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures that cover fatalities in all settings including in nursing homes.

Public Health England (PHE) said on Wednesday that 26,097 people had died after testing positive for the coronavirus as of April 28. That means the United Kingdom has had more COVID-19 deaths than France and Spain have reported.

“These more complete data will give us a fuller and more up to date picture of deaths in England and will inform the government’s approach as we continue to protect the public,” Yvonne Doyle, medical director at PHE, said.

Although international comparisons are difficult, the new figures confirm Britain’s place among the European countries worst hit hardest by the pandemic.

Italy said on Wednesday that 27,682 people had died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Like Britain, its figures are based on deaths following positive coronavirus tests, in all settings.

Originally published as UK virus death toll 2nd-highest in Europe

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