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Coronavirus: England ‘highest level of excess deaths’

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England had the highest levels of excess deaths in Europe between the end of February to the middle of June, official analysis shows.The Office for National Statistics said England saw the second highest peak rates of death in Europe, after Spain. But England had the longest period where deaths were above average, and so overall had the highest levels. The ONS analysis shows the epidemic in the UK was more widely spread than in other countries.However areas in Spain and Italy were harder hit than cities in the UK.Analyses that take account of the age of the population also show that England had the highest death rates in Europe in the weeks to the end of May. Spain was second, followed by Scotland, Belgium and Wales. An animated guide: Wha...
Coronavirus: Brazil now has third highest number of cases globally

Coronavirus: Brazil now has third highest number of cases globally

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May 23 (UPI) -- With a spike of more than 20,000 new infections of COVID-19 within 24 hours, Brazil on Saturday reported the third-highest number of cases in the world behind Russia and the United States. Brazil's Health Ministry reported 330,890 cases Friday, up 20,803 from Thursday. "In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter for the disease," the World Health Organization's top emergencies expert, Dr. Mike Ryan, said with Brazil being the "most affected" South American country. Ryan added that authorities in Brazil have broadly approved anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment even though clinical evidence does not support its widespread use given potential side effects. Policy experts said one of the biggest challenges in curbing the spread is Brazilian...
The Latest: Russia reports its highest single-day death toll

The Latest: Russia reports its highest single-day death toll

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Russia reports its highest single-day death toll but fewer infections —China's foreign minister says virus lawsuits are ‘illegal’ — France relaxing border restrictions and allowing migrant workers — South Korea reports 25 new virus cases as small outbreaks continue ——— MOSCOW — Russia has reported its highest one-day coronavirus death toll but also the lowest number of new infections in three weeks. The national coronavirus task force said Sunday that 3,541 people have died from the virus, an increase of 153. The previous high was 150. Th
UK has highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe after passing Italy

UK has highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe after passing Italy

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The UK now has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in Europe, after reporting more fatalities than Italy.The Department of Health has announced a rise of 693 to 29,427, surpassing Italy's latest official figure of 29,315. But experts have urged caution when it comes to these numbers and who has the "worst death rate in Europe" as different countries record COVID-19 deaths differently.There are also variations in population, demographics, population density, as well as how the authorities collect the figures. Image: Italy has a higher proportion of over-65s (22%) in its population compared to the UK As Professor David Spiegelhalter, a leading statistician at the University of Cambridge, pointed out to Sky News: "I think th...
China sees highest uptick in new COVID-19 cases since early March

China sees highest uptick in new COVID-19 cases since early March

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April 13 (UPI) -- China reported 108 new cases of the deadly and infectious coronavirus on Monday, its highest daily tally since early March. Beijing's National Health Commission announced the new cases in its daily update, stating 98 of the 108 cases recorded over Sunday were imported. China has been experiencing a steady decline in new cases of COVID-19 since a peak in early February with the last time it recorded more than 100 cases was over March 5 with 143. However, as China's indigenous infections have drop, its number of imported cases have climbed, sparking fears of a second surge of infections. On March 5, the health commission reported its imported cases tally for the first time with a total of 20. On Monday, it had over 1,378 such cases, 38 of whom were in serious condition. ...