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UK death toll climbs past 30,000, highest in Europe

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UK death toll climbs past 30,000, highest in Europe

Britain 's coronavirus death toll overtakes Italy's, with data revealing more than 32,000 lives lost, leaving the nation with the second-highest death toll globally.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson may ease some restrictions later this weekThe figure is one of several methods for calculating deaths and is difficult to compare with other countries, but it offers the clearest sign yet that Britain could emerge as the worst-hit country in Europe, despite being hit later than other countries.

Britain's high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March.Duration: 1 minute 22 secondssSome restrictions may ease

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Britain has overtaken Italy and is reporting the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe with more than 32,000 deaths, as the figure also places it second worldwide for deaths, behind the United States.Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions of dollars for vaccine research as UN launches summit Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.Very large text size London: Deaths in one hard-hit Italian city skyrocketed nearly 570 per cent in March, in a further sign the coronavirus pandemic is claiming many more lives than official government figures suggest.Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-away cappuccinos and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead as the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent's first and longest lockdown.

Key points: The UK now has the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, behind the United States Prime Minister Boris Johnson may ease some restrictions later this week According to an Italian statistical report that nation may actually have a much higher death toll than is being reported The figures released on Tuesday from Britain's national statistics office added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313. The figure is one of several methods for calculating deaths and is difficult to compare with other countries, but it offers the clearest sign yet that Britain could emerge as the worst-hit country in Europe, despite being hit later than other countries. He doesn't expect to break even anytime soon, "but you have to take the risk at some point. Italy could also have a much higher toll than what has been reported according to statistical analysis that came out on Monday . Staff tend to a patient in the emergency COVID-19 ward at the San Carlo Hospital in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Deaths in the city of Bergamo near Milan surged 567 per cent in March compared with the 2015-2019 March average. Britain's high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March. In Italy, mourners were able to attend funerals, but services were limited to 15 people and there was still no word on when Masses will resume. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. "We are being careful, trying not to do too many things, but at least we are finally outside and breathing some fresh air," said Daniele Bianchi, as he strolled through Rome's Villa Borghese park.

Watch Duration: 1 minute 22 seconds 1 22 s Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was 'past the peak' of coronavirus. "It's a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility," Premier Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians. Nine other cities had death increases in March ranging from 120 per cent to 370 per cent higher than the average, according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Opposition parties have raised questions about Mr Johnson's initial decision to delay a lockdown at a time when hospitals in Italy were already being overrun. Some restrictions may ease Mr Johnson will consider evidence provided by scientists at a review on Thursday before taking any decision on the next steps against the coronavirus outbreak, his spokesman said on Tuesday. (AP) People in hard-hit Spain ventured out for the first time in weeks for haircuts or food take-outs, but many small shops were still closed as owners worked on meeting strict health and hygiene guidelines. Britain must review the measures put in place six weeks ago in two days' time, but any decision could come after that to allow ministers to consider and approve any changes to a lockdown that has all but shut the economy and kept millions at home. Deaths in Rome were actually down more than 9 per cent compared to the average. Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap Asked whether Mr Johnson would make a statement unveiling measures covering the next phase of Britain's plan against the novel coronavirus on Sunday, the spokesman said: "I think what matters is that we get this right, that we fully consider all the evidence and ensure that we can communicate the next steps whatever they may be in a very clear way to the public. The Spanish government is turning up pressure on opposition parties to approve another extension of the country's state of emergency. And any newfound sense of freedom was clouded by the first comprehensive reckoning of just how great a toll COVID-19 had taken.

" "We're looking at a range of possible easements to social distancing measures and we're also looking if in some areas they need to be toughened. "Once we have the scientific evidence and we've completed the review process, we will be able to set out what those are." Transport and Mobility Minister José Luis Ábalos anticipates a tough debate in parliament on the issue Wednesday. Of the 25,354 difference, about 54 per cent have been identified by health authorities as being caused by COVID-19, leaving about 11,600 other deaths unexplained." Britain is expected to set out guidelines to allow some businesses to return to work, through measures including rules to keep workers distanced from each other and staggering work times, and possibly easing rules on social gatherings. On the guidelines for business to return to work, the spokesman said the advice had yet to be finalised. Ábalos says that without it all the sacrifices made so far will have been "pointless. "We are continuing working with the unions on developing sensible guidance for businesses that will give UK workers the utmost confidence that they can return to work safely," he added. Only 2346 of the extra 5058 deaths were directly tied to coronavirus. For the first time in two months, Italians were able to honour some of those dead with funerals, though attendance was limited to 15 people.

Asked whether Britain could allow small social gatherings to take place outside, the spokesman said scientific advice suggesting that there is less likelihood of transmission outdoors would be considered in the Government's review. (Getty) Leaders join forces in the quest for a vaccine French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the United States will join a global pledge for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus . ABC/Reuters .