Total coronavirus death toll in the UK approaches 10,000
LONDON (UK) – The COVID-19 death toll in Britain neared 10,000 after health officials reported another 917 hospital deaths on Saturday.
A senior minister said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need some time off to recover from being seriously ill with the virus.
Britain reported 9,875 deaths so far from the coronavirus pandemic, making it the fifth-highest number globally.
Saturday’s rise was the second day running with the number of deaths above 900.
80,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Britain, among them PM Johnson in the early stages of recovery after spending three nights in intensive care.
Johnson “continues to make very good progress” but it is vital to take the time to fully recover.
“The message to the prime minister is that we want him to get better and he needs some time and some space to rest, recuperate and recover. And the whole of cabinet would support that message.”
– Priti Patel, Interior Minister
Foreign minister Dominic Raab is deputising for the prime minister at the moment.
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