COVID-19: UK now has Europe’s second-highest confirmed death toll

The UK now has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus fatalities in Europe.

Government data released on Saturday showed there have been 534 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test – bringing the nationwide total to 67,075.

This is a slight rise from 489 deaths recorded on Friday – however, the number of new cases reported on Saturday stood at 27,051, a fall of about 1,500 compared with 24 hours earlier.

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In total, more than two million people in the UK have tested positive to date. Only Italy has had more coronavirus fatalities in Europe – and worldwide, the UK has the sixth-highest number of COVID deaths.

The new statistics came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tier 4 restrictions for large swathes of London and the South East.

“When the science changes, we must change our response,” he said.

People in Tier 4 areas will no longer be allowed to form “Christmas bubbles” with other households.

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