Coronavirus: UK could have highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, minister admits

The UK could end up with the highest death toll of people with coronavirus in Europe, a minister has acknowledged.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News it “may well be” the case that the death toll of people with COVID-19 in Britain eventually surpasses the totals seen in the likes of Italy, Spain and France.

“We’ve been on similar trajectories to France and Italy,” he told Kay [email protected]

“It may well be that we are, who knows, we don’t know that at the moment.

“For now, we just need to focus on managing this pandemic. Getting things moving in the right direction, making sure that we can save lives, making sure we’ve got capacity in the NHS to cope with this.

“All of those things are being done. People are working incredibly hard in the NHS to help people who are suffering from this virus.

“That’s our focus now, not necessarily contemplating where we may or may not end up in terms of total deaths at the end of this.”

The latest figures from the Department of Health show that a total of 21,678 people have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday morning, there have been 23,660 deaths in France, 23,822 in Spain and 27,359 in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University

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