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Al Jazeera 5 Apr 2020

COVID-19: EU to fly home more than 250,000 stranded Europeans


Efforts are under way to repatriate more than 250,000 stranded Europeans.
European Union member governments arranged flights from all around the world this week in an attempt to get their citizens back.
The EU says 350,000 people have been helped so far.

Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.

The UK's COVID-19 death toll soars after government includes care home victims for the first time…
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United Kingdom has jumped to more than 26,000 after the government included care home numbers for the first time. And the continued lockdown in many countries is raising concerns for the health of the economy.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Stancl reports.
The UK has become the first country in Europe to record more than 30,000 deaths linked to coronavirus. It's the word's second-highest death toll after the United States. Labour said the UK's high death rate was due to the government being "too slow" to act on the lockdown, testing, and providing protective equipment to frontline workers.

30,076 people are now reported to have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Boris Johnson defended his government's record and signalled that some lockdown measures could be eased next week.

Mass testing is seen as crucial for controlling the pandemic, allowing cases to be isolated and contained. But for the fourth day running the government missed its daily target of 100,000 tests. The Prime Minister has now pledged to increase testing to 200,000 each day by the end of May.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Health Editor Hugh Pym.
People in some of Argentina's poorest neighbourhoods are demanding government help to stop the spread of the coronavirus through their communities.
There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the Villa 31 slum in Buenos Aires, which is overcrowded and lacks running water.

Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires.

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