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Coronavirus: 980 dead in UK hospitals in deadliest day of pandemic yet

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Coronavirus: 980 dead in UK hospitals in deadliest day of pandemic yet

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TheGuardian– The UK has recorded its worst daily fatality rate yet during the coronavirus crisis, a higher number in a single day than any experienced by Italy or Spain.

A record 980 people were announced to have died in UK hospitals in the preceding 24 hours, taking the total to 8,958.

That number is exceeded in Europe only by France, where 1,417 died in a single day – a figure that unlike the UK included deaths in care homes. Italy announced its record daily death toll of 971 almost two weeks ago, against Spain’s worst day of 950 coronavirus deaths.

While Europe’s worst-hit countries are now past the peak of the outbreak, the UK’s figures are expected to continue to rise for at least two more weeks.

Announcing the fatalities, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “We never forget that behind this number, behind each one is a name, a loss, and a family that will never be the same again.”

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