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​UK has highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe

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More than 30,000 people in the UK have died with suspected Covid-19, the highest official toll reported in Europe and the second-highest in the world after the US, according to data published on Tuesday.

More than 250,000 people have now been killed by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Office for National Statistics said 29,648 deaths had taken place as of April 24 in England and Wales with Covid-19 mentioned on death certificates. Including deaths for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll on this measure now exceeds 30,000.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019 in China’s Hubei province, and the virus has spread to 212 countries and territories since then.

To date, COVID-19 cases surpassed 3,566,000 globally, resulting in more than 1,200,000 recoveries and over 252,000 deaths.

On February 11, the WHO officially named the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as COVID-19, and on March 11, declared it a pandemic.

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