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938 people in British hospitals reported killed by COVID-19 in 24 hours- ministers discuss continuing the lockdown

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announcing support for UK charities and that condition of the Prime Minister is improving. Image: Screen grab from Downing Street media conference.

A record death toll of 938 over 24 hours in Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a third night in intensive care, his condition said to be ‘improving.’

The daily death rate in the UK from coronavirus is rising with a relentless growing impact of the pandemic is all dimensions.

There is speculation that the lockdown of social distancing and self-isolation at home will continue.

However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has recognised that there is a need to provide government support for charities.

 

Record death tolls in the United States and Europe.

The virus has now killed more than 86,000 people and infected 1.5 million across the world causing a devastating economic crisis.

For the second straight day, the US grieved nearly 2,000 deaths as flags flew at half-mast in hardest-hit New York.

France saw its total number of dead climb over 10,000 as the country prepared to extend its strict lockdown measures.

Spain and Italy are still seeing hundreds of deaths per day despite tentative signs the disease may have peaked.

And the pandemic is marching into areas previously only lightly affected: in Africa, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency and Liberia said it was locking down its capital Monrovia.

The first case detected among the Yanomami has been reported in the Amazon rainforest.

This is an indigenous people isolated from the world until the mid-20th century and vulnerable to disease.

Are ethnic communities hit harder by the pandemic?

In Chicago, the city reported that 70% of coronavirus victims have been black, despite representing only a third of the population.

Similar reports have emerged from New York, Detroit and New Orleans.

There is some evidence to suggest that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on people from ethnic minority backgrounds in Britain.

Data from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) suggests that 35% of critically ill coronavirus patients are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

The research is based on about 2,000 patients from intensive care units across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Supernurse celebrated by mural in Germany

Health workers on the frontline of giving care to people ill and dying have been applauded throughout the world by social rituals.

This includes street art in the form of a mural painted by artist Kai ‘Uzey’ Wohlgemuth which features a nurse as Superwoman on a wall in Hamm, Germany.

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