How has the UK reached 50,000 coronavirus deaths? – BBC Newsnight

The UK has become the first country in Europe to pass 50,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the latest government figures. Please subscribe HERE

As of 11 Novemeber, a total of 50,365 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test, up 595 in the past 24 hours.

The UK is the fifth country to pass 50,000 deaths, coming after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the figures showed, despite hopes for a vaccine, “we are not out of the woods”.

He said: “Every death is a tragedy,” but added: “I do think we have got now to a different phase in the way that we treat it.”

Political Editor Nick Watt reports and in the studio Kirsty Wark is joined by former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport, Vice-dean of the UK’s Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Dr Daniele Bryden and Jamie Brown, whose father died from coronavirus in the first wave, and is from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK group.

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