LONDON – Four people have been killed and six others have been hospitalised in a coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom, Health Minister Eric Pickles said on Monday.
“The number of cases is staggering,” Pickles told reporters in London.
“We have more than 700 confirmed cases and more than 4,000 people who have tested positive for the virus.”
Pickles warned the number of new cases was rising.
The country’s chief medical officer, Dr. Michael Brown, said the number was expected to increase further in the coming days.
“I’m very concerned, because the number is rising,” he told reporters.
“It’s not just a UK problem, it’s a global problem.
It’s a concern that we are having.”
Health authorities in Britain said last week that more than 6,000 new cases had been reported, with the death toll expected to rise.
More than half of those cases were in London, where more than 7,000 cases have been reported.
In the United States, health authorities have reported more than 30 new coronaviruses.
The United Kingdom has also seen an increase in the number and type of coronaviral cases, as well as the use of more sophisticated tests and a sharp rise in coronavire infections among people under age 65.
More than 40,000 Canadians are now living with the disease, according to the Canadian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It’s a worldwide problem,” said Pickles.
“If you think about the numbers, we’ve got almost 6,200 confirmed cases.
We’ve got more than 2,700 new cases, and that’s happening across the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco, and elsewhere.
We have more coronavides in the U.K. than we have in any other country.”
Pickles said the coronavids in Britain were not a direct threat to the country’s overall health, but were still of concern.
It was also important to note that the number who have been diagnosed with the virus has been rising in Britain, he said.
He said the UK’s overall rate of new coronas is less than half the rate in the rest of Europe, with Europe’s highest rates reported in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
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