As Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in parliament on Wednesday, 131 infected social workers were also killed.
Numerous doctors, nurses and employees in senior institutions have repeatedly complained that they do not have enough protective equipment such as masks and coats. Some of them, for example, put on big rubbish bags in order not to get infected with the pathogen.
NHS employees are honored like heroes nationwide. There is a lot of clapping for them once a week. Many windows of apartments are covered with pictures and messages for doctors and nurses. Painted stones with thank you messages are placed on beaches.
Britain has the most corona deaths in Europe. Depending on the survey method, the statistics fluctuate between a good 35,000 and more than 50,000. Experts assume that the number of unreported cases is high.
Criticism against loosening
The UK government is gradually loosening its exit restrictions. There is much criticism of the plan to send individual grades back to schools from June. Unions, scientists and local government officials said this step was much too early. Justice Minister Robert Buckland evaded in interviews on Wednesday when asked whether the date was realistic. They are working towards June 1st, but the date is subject to change, the BBC minister said.
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