The United Kingdom has recorded more than 32,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, which is the highest number of fatalities reported in Europe. The data was published on Tuesday by the officials.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 29,648 deaths had taken place as of April 24 in England and Wales with COVID-19 mentioned in death certificates. If counted the deaths of Scotland and Northern Ireland, the official number of deaths now stands at 32,33.
The United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government will soon come up with an exit strategy to ease restrictions on the country’s COVID-19 lockdown by next week. On Sunday while addressing the media, Johnson’s Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said that the UK “must carry on” until the Prime Minister reveals how social distancing measures, which were first imposed on March 23, will be relaxed.
“His comprehensive plan will explain how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, how we can travel to work more safely, and how we can make life in the workplace safer,” the Minister said.
“We are consulting with employers and unions, professionals, and public health experts to establish how we can ensure that we have the safest possible working environments and the Prime Minister will be saying more later this week,” Gove said. However, the minister also warned that relaxing the restrictions prematurely would be the “worst thing to do”, as it may further raise the disease which has so far infected 187,842 people in the country and killed 28,520 others.