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BBC News 29 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Up to 6 months before life 'returns to normal' says government


It could be up to six months before life in the UK returns to "normal", England's deputy chief medical officer has said.

Speaking at the government's daily coronavirus briefing, Dr Jenny Harries added: "This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months."

But, she added, "We have to be really, really responsible and keep doing what we're all doing."

It comes as the number of deaths of people with coronavirus reached 1,228.

Among those to have died with the virus is Amged El-Hawrani, a 55-year-old doctor and ear, nose and throat trainer at Queen's Hospital Burton. His death was confirmed shortly before the press briefing. An organ transplant consultant died last week.

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New York state, the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak has reported its highest death toll in a single day. Nearly 800 people died due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Despite this grim milestone, New York governor Andrew Cuomo says there are signs the spread is slowing down. But the pandemic is still pounding New York City, where even a cathedral has been drafted into service to treat the sick.
The death toll in Germany has today passed 2,100, while the number of confirmed infections has risen to more than 108,000. Those figures roughly equate to a death rate of 1.9% which is remarkably low in comparison to other western nations. The German anomaly has puzzled scientists around the world. Among the answers is the country's abundance of intensive care beds. But the medical system is still under tremendous stress. Now one hospital in the worst hit state of Bavaria has granted rare access to the daily war its fighting against Covid19.
Some more of the latest developments:
- There are now more than one-and-a-half million confirmed infections worldwide since the outbreak began, with the global death toll approaching 90-thousand.
- South Korea sees its SMALLEST one-day increase in new cases since February -- only 39 new infections.
- Russia reports a record one-day rise in new cases -- nearly 1,500 in the past 24 hours. President Putin has said the next few weeks will be decisive in the nation's fight against the virus.

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