UK coronavirus death toll surges, surpassing 1,000
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain has risen to 1,019 up from 759 the day before, according to government figures released Saturday.
The rising death toll comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating but would still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.
A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday, a day after his weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House of Commons.
Hours after the prime minister’s announcement, the UK's Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Twitter that he too had tested positive for COVID-19.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)
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