September 19, 2020

Coronavirus: UK could be ‘worst affected’ country in Europe

The UK is likely to be among the European countries worst affected by coronavirus, one of the government’s senior scientific advisers has said.

The warning from Sir Jeremy Farrar comes as UK hospital deaths are set to pass 10,000 on Sunday.

In response, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said countries were on “different trajectories”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital after being treated for coronavirus.

On the advice of his medical team, Mr Johnson will not immediately return to work and will continue his recovery at his country residence, Chequers, a No 10 spokesman said.

He had three nights in intensive care before returning to a general ward on Thursday.

The total number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the UK currently stands at 9,875, following a rise of 917 recorded on Saturday.

The figure does not include deaths outside of hospitals, such as in care homes or in the community.

On Sunday, a further 657 deaths were announced in England, 24 in Scotland, 18 in Wales and 11 in Northern Ireland.

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