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UK is 1st European country to reach grim milestone of 60,000 Covid-19 deaths

Added 12-03-20 12:37:03pm EST - “The UK's toll of deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 60,000, according to new government data published on Thursday, making it the first country in Europe to reach such a high fatality count.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “UK is 1st European country to reach grim milestone of 60,000 Covid-19 deaths”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The British government’s figures concern Covid-related deaths that occur within 28 days of a positive test. 

Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have reported more deaths from the virus during the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  

The UK on Thursday reported a further 14,879 new infections and 414 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, according to government figures, taking the country’s total death toll up to 60,113.  

The number of deaths within the last seven days was 3,085, down 5.3 percent on the previous seven days. The total number of coronavirus cases reported by the UK is 1,674,134.   

Other figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies, which include deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, put the total toll at 76,000.

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