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.


Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump

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Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump

  • The Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Tuesday returned under strict lockdown for two weeks

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday reported 6,352 coronavirus infections, marking the biggest daily jump in cases in Southeast Asia and after posting a record rise in five of the past six days.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 112,593, while deaths rose by 11 to 2,115.
The Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Tuesday returned under strict lockdown for two weeks to arrest soaring cases since restrictions were relaxed in June.