JN / Agencies
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The UK recorded eight deaths and 744 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 46,695 and 46201 deaths.
The figures, released this Sunday by the British Ministry of Health, place the United Kingdom as the country in Europe most affected by the pandemic, fourth in the world.
However, according to the Secretary of State for Housing and Communities, Robert Jenrick, quoted by the agency Efe, the conservative executive, led by Boris Johnson, has no intention of adopting “extreme measures”, as would the return of confinement to great scale.
Robert Jenrick’s assurances come after some English newspapers reported that the prime minister, Boris Johnson, was evaluating the possibility of the elderly and people at risk of returning to isolation, especially in the city of London, to prevent a second wave of the virus.
According to these newspapers, Boris Johnson requested a specific action plan and chaired an emergency meeting to assess a second wave scenario, in order to halt any effects on the economy’s recovery. “It’s just speculation,” said Robert Jenrick.
The figures released this Sunday by the British Ministry of Health account for a total number of 304,695 contagions and 46,201 deaths, eight of which in the last 24 hours.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 685,000 deaths and infected more than 17.8 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.