UK records lowest daily virus death toll since start of lockdown

People walk past a food stall in Portobello Market in west London on June 1, 2020, following the easing of the lockdown restrictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)
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Updated 01 June 2020

UK records lowest daily virus death toll since start of lockdown

  • Country reports 111 more coronavirus deaths in a sign of “significant progress”
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced 1,570 more positive cases

LONDON: Britain on Monday reported 111 more coronavirus deaths — the lowest daily toll since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 23.
Reporting is often lower after a weekend but Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a news conference it was a sign of “significant progress” in tackling the outbreak.
Hancock also said there had been 1,570 more positive cases, the lowest number since March 25.
The announcement came as lockdown measures were eased in England, with the youngest primary school pupils going back to school, with open air markets and car showrooms reopening.
Britain as a whole still has the second-highest cumulative toll in the global outbreak, with 39,045 deaths registered after a positive test for the virus.
The government maintains it is in a position to begin lifting its stay-at-home measures as transmission rates fall, but critics say this could lead to a second wave of infections.


UK’s Raab says unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target COVID-19 work

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UK’s Raab says unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target COVID-19 work

LONDON: British foreign minister Dominic Raab on Thursday said it was completely unacceptable for Russian intelligence services to target research on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” Raab said, following a joint statement by British Canadian and US cybersecurity services.
“While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health.
“The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyberattacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account.”
Britain also accused Russia on Thursday of trying to interfere in its 2019 general election by illicitly acquiring sensitive documents relating to a planned free trade agreement with Washington and leaking them online.
In response, a senior Russian lawmaker said the allegations were “anti-Russian nonsense” and undermined UK-Russia relations.