UK ‘past the peak’ of coronavirus outbreak: PM Johnson | AFP

Britain is “past the peak” of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says during a press conference, despite recording another 674 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 26,711. SOUNDBITE

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UK virus toll up to 26,097 as care home deaths included | AFP

Britain’s official death toll of people who tested positive for coronavirus jumps to 26,097, as the country begins including out-of-hospital deaths for the first time. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says, at Downing Street’s daily coronavirus briefing, “it’s just important to say that those additional deaths were spread over the period from the 2nd of March, the 28th of April. So they they don’t represent a sudden surge in the number of deaths.” SOUNDBITE

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UK Prime Minister holds minute’s silence for key workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19 | AFP

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior members of his government mark a minute’s silence in honour of NHS and other key workers who have died due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the global pandemic. IMAGES

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UK PM Johnson returns to Downing St, says ‘we’re beginning to turn tide’ | AFP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, making his first public appearance in nearly a month after contracting COVID-19 and being treated in intensive care, says that, without wishing to ‘minimise the continuing problems we face’, the United Kingdom is ‘beginning to turn the tide’ in the fight against coronavirus.

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UK nursing home resident Doris Taylor is celebrating her 90th birthday amid the coronavirus outbreak. 12 of the 54 residents at her home have died after falling ill with COVID-19. (April 19)

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EU’s Barnier deplores lack of progress in Brexit trade talks | AFP

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier deploreS a lack of progress in the latest round of post-Brexit trade talks, accusing Britain of stalling negotiations. Barnier says “The UK cannot refuse to extend the transition and, at the same time, slow down discussions on important areas.” SOUNDBITE

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Staff at London’s NHS Nightingale hospital ‘clap for carers’ | AFP

Medical and support staff at London’s NHS Nightingale hospital take part in the weekly ‘clap for carers’, in support and gratitude for the UK’s coronavirus first responders. IMAGES

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Harry, Meghan to end cooperation with UK tabloids; Idris Elba says he and his wife had their lives “turned around” after contracting the coronavirus; Lady Gaga’s “One World: Together at Home” raised $127 million for coronavirus relief. (April 20)

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UK virus death toll rises by 596 to 16,060 | AFP

The number of people in Britain who have died in hospital from the coronavirus has risen by 596 to 16,060, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. SOUNDBITE

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UK virus death toll jumps 888, taking total beyond 15,000 | AFP

The number of people in the UK that have died from coronavirus has risen by 888, taking the country’s death toll to 15,464, says minister Robert Jenrick. SOUNDBITE

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UK government extends lockdown for 3 more weeks

The British government on Thursday said a nationwide lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus will remain in place for at least three more weeks. (April 16)

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UK artist makes giant NHS logo field art in support of health workers | AFP

Artist Jamie Wardley, whose company Sand In Your Eye specialises in creating giant pieces of land art, participates in the latest clap for carers with a 100-metre-wide NHS logo painted on a field near his home in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

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US politicians want federal burial assistance for NY, Police and jobless workers clash in Mumbai, Selected shops open for trade in Italy, UK hospital celebrates its 1st ICU survivor (April 14).

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REPLAY – 14 April​: Downing Street daily​ coronavirus briefing | AFP

UK officials deliver the daily coronavirus briefing to update the population on the latest developments in the country.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, April 12th: Pope urges solidarity on Easter amid pandemic; Faithful celebrate Passover in Jerusalem; UK Prime Minister thanks health workers; Czech National Ballet stages virtual production during lockdown.

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Here’s the latest for Friday, April 11th: US death toll overtakes other countries; NY virus hospital admissions rate down; Extraordinary veneration of Shroud in Turin Cathedral; UK beaches almost empty in lockdown. (April 11)

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UK records 917 more daily COVID-19 deaths | AFP

British Home Secretary Priti Patel announces another 917 deaths in hospital due to coronavirus, bringing the country’s total toll close to 10,000. SOUNDBITE

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