UK’s death toll grim

The United Kingdom's death toll of the coronavirus surpassed 26,000, making it the third-highest in the world. Experts say it could soon surpass Italy as the highest in Europe, trailing only the United States.

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April 30, 2020 - 9:50 AM

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has the third-highest coronavirus death toll in the world after the British government published new figures Wednesday that include deaths outside of hospitals.

After factoring in deaths in all settings such as care homes, the number of people in Britain who have died after testing positive for the virus has now hit 26,097, way ahead of the 21,678 announced on Tuesday. Until now, hospital deaths have been reported daily, while deaths in nursing homes and other settings were reported separately on a weekly basis.

Under the new measurement, the U.K. has leapfrogged Spain and France in Europe, with only Italy ahead. The U.S. has the world’s highest death toll.

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