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Exclusive: UK worst case is 50,000 coronavirus death toll but not on course for that - source

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government’s worst case scenario envisages a coronavirus death toll of 50,000 people if self isolating is not adhered to but the United Kingdom is not right now on course for a toll of that scale, a source familiar with the government’s emergency ...

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Britain's Hancock will set out new testing measures for coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - Health minister Matt Hancock will set out on Thursday how Britain will boost its testing regime to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, acknowledging more needed to be done.

Saying that Johnson believed Britain must ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921, up 24% in a day

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s death toll from the coronavirus rose 24 percent to 2,921 as of April 1.

As of 0800 GMT on April 2, a total of 163,194 people had been tested of which 33,718 tested positive, the health ministry said.

“Of those hospitalised in the ...

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British ventilator consortium targeting 1,500 units per week

LONDON (Reuters) - A consortium of British engineers, aerospace and Formula One companies are hoping to produce at least 1,500 ventilators a week within a matter of weeks, it said on Thursday.

Companies including Airbus (AIR.PA ), Ford (F.N ), Rolls-Royce (RR.L ) and BAE (BAES.L ) have ...

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UK consortium targets 1,500 ventilators per week in race against time

LONDON (Reuters) - A consortium of aerospace, Formula One and engineering firms hopes soon to be making at least 1,500 ventilators a week as Britain races to boost the number of devices which can help save the lives of those with coronavirus.

Countries need more ventilators, mechanical ...

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Over half of Britons say government was too slow on coronavirus - poll

LONDON (Reuters) - More than a half of Britons think Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was too slow to order a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed.

The Ipsos MORI poll, carried out online March 27-30 showed 56% of people ...

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Under pressure, Johnson vows 'massive' coronavirus tests increase

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ramp up testing for coronavirus after his government faced criticism for being slower than some European peers to roll out mass checks for front-line health workers and the population.

Britain initially took a ...

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Williams F1 former engineering arm to help produce 5,000 ventilators for UK

LONDON (Reuters) - The former engineering unit of the Williams F1 team said it will help produce an initial batch of 5,000 ventilators for Britain’s National Health Service as part of an engineering consortium which is scrambling to deliver 10,000 units.

Williams Advanced ...

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Under pressure, Johnson vows 'massive' coronavirus tests increase

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ramp up testing for coronavirus after his government faced criticism for being slower than some European peers to roll out mass checks for front-line health workers and the population.

Britain initially took a ...

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'Everybody is frustrated' over UK testing, top health official says

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain’s top health officials said on Thursday that everybody was frustrated that the United Kingdom was not testing enough people yet.

“Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven’t got to the position yet that we need to get to,” ...

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Johnson demands more testing to defeat the coronavirus outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to ramp up testing for coronavirus saying it was the key to defeating the outbreak after his government faced criticism for testing much fewer people than some of its European peers.

Britain, which initially took a much more ...

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Britain's food banks prepare for surge in demand as millions lose their jobs

LONDON (Reuters) - Before the parcel from the food bank arrived, Natasha Cartey had just half a bag of rice and a tub of butter. She was wondering when her next meal would be.

Cartey lives in social housing in Newham, one of London’s poorest boroughs, and receives government ...

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PM Johnson: record virus death toll makes for 'sad, sad day'

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday lamented the latest coronavirus data that showed a record increase of deaths in Britain, saying it was a “sad, sad day.”

Earlier, the government said fatalities rose by 563 to a total of 2,352 by 1600 GMT on March ...

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Briton jailed for coughing at policeman while claiming to have coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who coughed at a police constable and threatened to infect him with the coronavirus has been jailed for six months, London’s Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday.

Adam Lewis, 55, was convicted of assault over the incident, during which he claimed to have ...

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UK mobilises 3,000 reservists as part of coronavirus response

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will mobilise 3,000 reservists with specialist skills as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

“It is expected that 3,000 reservists will be required as part of this tranche and will initially be ...

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UK looks at 'virtual parliament' to overcome coronavirus shutdown

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s parliament is investigating how it can operate virtually, to scrutinise the government even if lawmakers cannot physically attend debates, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle said on Wednesday.

Parliament closed early for its Easter break ...

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Retired doctor who rushed to help with UK coronavirus crisis dies of COVID-19

LONDON (Reuters) - A dedicated doctor who came out of retirement to help Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) cope with the coronavirus outbreak has died of the disease, his son has said.

Alfa Saadu, 68, who immigrated to Britain from Nigeria and had a long and successful career ...

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UK Universal Credit benefit applications skyrocket since lockdown

LONDON (Reuters) - Around 950,000 people in the United Kingdom have applied for Universal Credit benefits in the two weeks since Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked people to stay home to limit the spread of coronavirus, a government official said on Wednesday.

There are normally around ...

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Rise in new coronavirus cases in UK is concerning - health service boss

LONDON (Reuters) - The rise in new coronavirus cases in Britain is concerning, as are the rates of hospital admissions in London and the Midlands, Public Health England’s medical director Yvonne Doyle said on Wednesday.

“(The number of new cases) is slightly concerning, ...

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Spider-Man to the rescue! Superhero jogger cheers kids in England

STOCKPORT, England (Reuters) - The northern English town of Stockport has a new hero in the battle to keep kids entertained during the coronavirus lockdown: Spider-Man!

Jason Baird, a local 34-year-old martial arts teacher, has taken to dressing up as the Marvel superhero for his daily ...

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UK coronavirus deaths rise by 563 to 2,352

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people with coronavirus who have died in Britain rose by 563 to a total 2,352 by 1600 GMT on March 31, the government said on Wednesday.

It said there were 29,474 confirmed cases of the virus at as 0800 GMT on Wednesday, up from 25,150 the day before. ...

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