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Overall, 8,958 people have died of COVID-19 in the UK, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday.
“Behind each one is a name, a loss and a family that will never be the same,” Hancock said.
The condition of British PM Boris Johnson, in hospital with coronavirus, “continues to improve”, the Health Secretary said.
“He wants to personally thank the staff at St Thomas’ Hospital for the incredible care he’s received,” Hancock said, adding that the NHS gave Johnson “the very best care possible”.
“The NHS is there for all of us in this country,” he said.
Dr Jenny Harries, the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said “the curve is bending” but added: “It is impossible to say yet that we’ve peaked”.
The World Health Organization is set to give a briefing as the number of people across the world infected with the coronavirus topped 1.6 million on Friday with more than 95,000 fatalities.